13 Minutes (Elser)
- 1h 50min
- Directed by: Oliver Hirschbiegel
- Cast: Christian Friedel, Katharina Schüttler, Burghart Klaußner, Johann von Bülow
- Language: German
A respectable but slighty underwhelming period drama, which follows the story of George Elser (played with conviction by Friedel), who placed a bomb in Munich Hall where Adolf Hitler was due to speak, though he left the building 13 minutes before detonation. This handsomely-crafted story sees director Hirschbiegel focus on the aftermath of Elser's capture. Though it leaves a good deal of potentially interesting material unexplored, the film itself is still perfectly decent, but it is never as compelling as the subject matter deserves.
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A thought-provoking portrait of the resistance fighter who tried to assassinate Hitler in the Munich Bürgerbräukeller on November 8th 1939 - Georg Elser – a man who could have changed world history and saved millions of human lives… if only he had had 13 more minutes.
Hirschbiegel – director of the definitive chronicle of Hitler’s last days, ‘Downfall’ – unpacks this despairing episode of Germany’s past from an intriguing angle and keeps the suspense at a thriller pitch, despite the outcome being a given from the outset.
Dir. Oliver Hirschbiegel / Germany / 2015 / 1hr 54m / German with English sub-titles
With: Christian Friedel, Katharina Schüttler, Burghart Klaußner
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13 Minutes13 Jul 2015
A plot to assassinate Hitler is the focus of this respectable drama
Georg Elser could have changed the course of history. In November 1939, Elser placed a bomb in a Munich hall where Adolf Hitler was scheduled to speak. The Führer left the building just 13 minutes before the fatal detonation leaving us to ponder what…
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