Massive Scale Warfare In Second Trailer For Bondarchuk's STALINGRAD

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Massive Scale Warfare In Second Trailer For Bondarchuk's STALINGRAD
I recall when I first heard the term 'bullet ballet' applied to the work of John Woo, critics making note of the way the Hong Kong action master cut his gun play sequences to music to give them a sort of grace and beauty amidst the insane levels of destruction. Well, if that was the case with Woo then what do we call what Russian director Fedor Bondarchuk is doing with his big budget 3D war epic Stalingrad - a film that appears to take those principals, amp them up by a full order of magnitude and then wed them to the aesthetic of films like 300?

Bondarchuk is no stranger to these pages, his previous war effort The 9th Company making fans of us several years back thanks to its blend of technical polish and character detail. Will Stalingrad feature that same attention to character? I have no idea but the sheer scope of destruction in this film version of one of the bloodiest battles in modern history is absolutely jaw dropping, as is the style with which it is executed.

The first trailer for Stalingrad arrived back in May and it has now been followed by a second effort. Take a look below.
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BloodtheObliteratorJuly 29, 2013 1:02 PM

Every moment in the trailer looks like a propaganda poster from that era. Such bold colors and details, it looks like a powerful movie.

Gonzo BJuly 29, 2013 1:21 PM

That's exactly the problem I have with these movies... they all feel like propaganda. I'm tired of the glorified war genre.

tony suttonJuly 29, 2013 1:30 PM


Cry BabyJuly 29, 2013 1:41 PM

Gonna cwy? :((((

Todd BrownJuly 29, 2013 1:43 PM

I have a lot of faith in Bondarchuk's ability / desire to avoid straight propaganda. Have you seen his 9th Company? It's based on the true story of a Russian squad accidentally forgotten and left behind when the Russian forces pulled out of Afghanistan. It's a pretty remarkable film.

jOHNJuly 29, 2013 1:54 PM

9th company was tacky and over the top...straight up propaganda

ultJuly 29, 2013 1:55 PM

Except it wasn't. The real 9th company that fought on height 3234 wasn't forgotten, they lost 6 men out of 39, held their position, and made the enemy to retreat after suffering heavy losses. Bondarchuk has a desire to make a mockery out of Russian history. That's a propaganda alright, except it is anti-Russian propaganda.

John WellsJuly 29, 2013 1:55 PM

is it all CGI?

Dustin HarperJuly 29, 2013 2:17 PM

I don't think I'd get my history lessons from theatrical movies. I think it looks like a great movie. Even if it gets people interested in the history and gets people to read about it (accurate history), it's a plus. That said - I don't think that number would be very high, and I do think that people base a lot of their opinion on 'based on a true story' type of films that over dramatize historical events...

cuttermaranJuly 29, 2013 2:35 PM

Pain and suffering in stalingrad in 1942 becomes now entertainment in real 3-D Imax for the masses.

Dustin HarperJuly 29, 2013 2:44 PM

Tragedy has been a theme in theater for centuries, and a lot of it based on past events. It's nothing new, and Stalingrad won't be the last, either.

SecondAnd7July 29, 2013 2:52 PM

I already saw this movie. It was called Enemy At The Gates.

FreezerJuly 29, 2013 3:03 PM

Pretty much.. and I don't mind it if it looks awesome.

arturoJuly 29, 2013 3:17 PM

Propaganda or not, i don't give a shit, as long as the film is good, i'll be more than happy to sit through it....And the trailer looks good..

Zaike AireyJuly 29, 2013 3:22 PM

This looks fukin epic m8

CHUDJuly 29, 2013 3:32 PM

I got this so many views by posting it to reddit. You're welcome.

AdamJuly 29, 2013 3:32 PM

Wow. That was fantastic.

Dustin HarperJuly 29, 2013 3:35 PM

Yes, you did. That's where I found the link! :)

technoreaperJuly 29, 2013 3:57 PM

Probably one of those movies I need to see before casting judgment. The trailer was terrible.

technoreaperJuly 29, 2013 3:58 PM

Read the book and see why that movie was absolutely terrible.

fitemeirlJuly 29, 2013 4:06 PM

See the movie Stalingrad. The one from 1993.

SJuly 29, 2013 4:29 PM

That's like saying Apocalypse Now is Anti-American propaganda. Just because some one disagrees with a war Russia fought doesn't mean they hate Russia. The 9th company may not have faced the exact circumstances Bondarchuk portrays in the film, but that's missing the point. Bondarchuk was painting an allegory for everything he believed to be wrong in the Afghanistan conflict.

PriestJuly 29, 2013 4:29 PM

We aren't going to watch it to see Russians suffering, we are going to go see it to watch the Russian triumph in the face of overwhelming odds. Its a human interest piece. The struggle and achievements that were made in that particular area of fighting is why we watch. We want Hope and Victory.

Todd BrownJuly 29, 2013 4:40 PM

You are a wonderful human being and we commend such behavior.

Bob DobalinaJuly 29, 2013 5:59 PM

Damn. That movie looks horrible. If you want to see a real good movie about Stalingrad, just check out the 1993 version called Stalingrad. That movie was great.

cuttermaranJuly 29, 2013 6:19 PM

Watching movies about Hope and Victory is nothing bad per se. But we all know it's not the drama shown here that touches the subject, bu the spectacle. The battle of Stalingrad took many many lives. It is somewhat of a sensitive subject in Russia as in Germany. It seems to me a tasteless choice by Bondarchuk using a style from 300/Matrix.

JasonJuly 29, 2013 7:43 PM

You are right, we should just never feature any movie that covers any war or any national tragedy. That way no one will be offended.

RobsonJuly 29, 2013 8:07 PM

whose is the song in this trailer? i know who made it, but i'd like to know who is singing

Nunyer BinnisJuly 29, 2013 9:04 PM

Why not make it look like it looked without all the BS?

RyanJuly 29, 2013 9:23 PM

The original Stalingrad is pretty good. I recommend it.

johnJuly 29, 2013 9:42 PM

Thomas Kretschmann was in that one too!!

is this a remake?

johnJuly 29, 2013 9:42 PM

do you also consider saving private ryan propaganda?

DamnitallJuly 29, 2013 10:11 PM

Seriously... if only I could get past the 10000 bitrate, 1080p add they stuck before the trailer.

Dustin HarperJuly 29, 2013 10:19 PM

I do. It was one of the ones that made me like Matt Damon. Great movie. Now, when I look at Matt Damon, I remember Saving Private Ryan. Total Matt Damon propaganda.

Bob DobalinaJuly 30, 2013 2:08 AM

No. Stalingrad (1993) was shown from the German point of view. It was like a German WW2 version of Platoon or Band of Brothers.

ArtemJuly 30, 2013 8:49 AM

It's look like 300 from Zack. Guys, do you really think, that 300 was propaganda? LoL

NefelJuly 30, 2013 12:46 PM

A McCarthyite, I see...

BobbitJuly 30, 2013 10:19 PM

300 was totally pro fascist

bobbitosJuly 30, 2013 10:42 PM

Watch The Iron Cross by Sam Peckinpah or Come and See by Elem Klimov for decent movies set on the Eastern Front. Come and See is harrowing.

Truth OPJuly 31, 2013 1:10 AM

Fuck all of you guys it looks good and I wanna see it. Stop over thinking it and just watch it. I mean god damn. Yes WWII has been over done by the US but it's about time a good movie came out about Russia. If you're offended or don't like it then don't see it. I just solved all of your bitching. Go read a book or something if you're just gonna whine all day about how it's propaganda or some shit. You just want comments from people so you can think the world cares about your shitty opinion.

mercyJuly 31, 2013 4:22 AM

These wars were big businesses for bankers

James AllenAugust 7, 2013 1:27 AM

I'm with you! I know the real history of the conflict, and clearly this is just a ballet to commemorate the events. It's important to remember history, but to name folklore as propaganda is disturbing. In an war re-enactment, you're not going to get a detailed analysis of all of the political comings and goings from the heads of state... saying that folklore is propaganda is idiotic, and ignores the biggest thing this movie has to offer... true cinematic aplomb, Every cutscene from the trailer looks incredibly framed, wonderfully paced, and choreographed in such a way that makes Jerry Bruckheimer look like Wes Anderson.

sammescalitoSeptember 11, 2013 5:42 AM

I do. When your final scene is in a veteran's graveyard and it fades to an American flag that fills the screen, that's propaganda. Considering that any movie or TV show that wants to use the assets of the US military has to get script approval from the Pentagon

Lnemeisi19December 4, 2013 6:44 PM

When does this come out or is it out already. If so how and where can I se it.

Todd BrownDecember 4, 2013 9:03 PM

It's already out in some territories, though not North America. Sony will be releasing it here.