‘Generation War’ is entertaining but hardly profound

In its native country, this German TV miniseries has had an impact similar to the 1977 broadcast of “Roots” in the States.

While it’s easy to see how this engrossing epic reeled in viewers, the reasons why some Germans have hailed it as a spur to soul-searching may remain opaque to an American watching all 4 ¹/₂ hours in a theater.

Five friends, all in their 20s, are introduced in 1941.

They are Greta (Katharina Schüttler), who yearns to be the next Marlene Dietrich; Charlotte (Miriam Stein), who’s signed up to be a nurse on the frontlines; Wilhelm (charismatic Volker Bruch), a Wehrmacht lieutenant; his brother Friedhelm (a standout Tom Schilling), a soldier who packs poetry for the Russian front; and Viktor (Ludwig Trepte), Greta’s...

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Jan 17th 2014
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