Stukas
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ORIGINAL GERMAN WARTIME FILM
Digitally Remastered on DVD!

Stukas
Restored Luftwaffe WW2 Epic



Format:  4:9 Standard Size
Sound:  Digital Mono
Running Time: 98 mins.
Language(s):  German dialogue with English subtitles.
DVD Format:  NTSC
Region:  Region 0: Plays in every region
Discs:  One
Studio:  International Historical Films
ISBN:  none issued

Item No. IHF-22990



"Stukas" premiered at the height of German victories in June, 1941. The film was a huge success, and the 'Stuka Song' sung by the young pilots at the end of the film became wildly popular across Germany in its own right. Stukas, combining actual war footage, special effects, and rousing music, portrays a squadron of young Luftwaffe pilots fighting the British and French on the western front in late 1940.

Filmed during the Battle of France, Stukas' many combat scenes include the British retreat at Dunkirk, alongside what Joseph Goebbels in his diaries called 'magical aerial photography.' Ritter, himself a Major in the Luftwaffe, produced in Stukas a film celebrating the love of battle, comradeship, a boisterous enthusiasm for flying, and the self–sacrifice which epitomized the stereotypical Nazi warrior. After the war, the Soviets demanded that Ritter be indicted for war crimes for having 'systematically poisoned German youth' through films such as this one. Stukas is a quintessential Ritter film: action–filled, episodic and fast–moving, with a first–class ensemble of German actors.

Produced and Directed by Karl Ritter, music by Herbert Windt, starring Carl Raddatz, O.E. Hasse, Hannes Stelzer and Albert Hehn.

Germany, 1941, B&W 98 Minutes, German dialogue, English subtitles. Mastered in HD from an Original 35mm Nitrate Print and digitally restored for superb quality.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Historical Background Documentary: Karl Ritter, His "Zeitfilms" and Stukas (1941)
  • Two Historical Background Slide shows:"The German Luftwaffe: Stuka Dive Bomber, 1936-45"and"The Man Behind The Stuka: Col. Gen. Ernst Udet 1896-1941"
  • Original Promotional Materials Slide Shows:
  • Illustrierter Film-Kurier (with English Translation)
  • Press Book (Original Illustrated 27 page book with English Translation)
  • Stuka Lied (song) Song sheet with English Translation of Lyrics
  • Promotional Stills
  • Rare Stukas Posters

    About the director:
    Directed by Karl Ritter who's contemporary WWII propaganda feature filmmaking employed stunning actual battlefront footage and brought to Third Reich cinemas fast-paced, action-filled storylines championing ideological themes and military successes against all enemies of the Reich.



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