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The Bridge

Bernhard Wicki

 
The  Bridge (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Germany
  • 1959
  • 103 minutes
  • 1.37:1
  • German
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  • Spine #763

Bernhard Wicki’s astonishing The Bridge was the first major antiwar film to come out of Germany after World War II, as well as the nation’s first postwar film to be widely shown internationally, even securing an Oscar nomination. Set near the end of the conflict, it follows a group of teenage boys in a small town as they contend with everyday matters like school, girls, and parents, before enlisting as soldiers and being forced to defend their home turf in a confused, terrifying battle. This expressively shot, emotionally bruising drama dared to humanize young German soldiers at a historically tender moment, and proved influential for the coming generation of New German Cinema auteurs.

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with writer Gregor Dorfmeister, on whose autobiographical novel the film is based
  • New interview with filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff about the film’s impact on German cinema
  • Interview from 1989 with director Bernhard Wicki
  • Excerpt from a 2007 documentary by Elisabeth Wicki-Endriss, Wicki’s widow, featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the shoot
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty

    New cover by Michael Boland

Film Essays

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The Bridge: Cannon Fodder

By Terrence Rafferty June 25, 2015

German director Bernhard Wicki proved his uncommon cinematic skill with his heartbreaking tale of teen soldiers sent off to die near the end of World War II. Read more »

Film Essays

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The Bridge: Cannon Fodder

By Terrence Rafferty June 25, 2015

German director Bernhard Wicki proved his uncommon cinematic skill with his heartbreaking tale of teen soldiers sent off to die near the end of World War II. Read more »


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