History Film / EnemyAtTheGates

25th Apr '18 12:29:18 PM CaptainCrawdad
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%%* AffablyEvil: Major Erwin König, especially when dealing with Sacha.

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%%* * AffablyEvil: Major Erwin König, especially when dealing with Sacha.König treats Sacha pretty well [[spoiler:before killing him]].



%%* CannedOrdersOverLoudspeaker: Used during the battle of Stalingrad by the Red Army as a means to bolster morale.

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%%* * CannedOrdersOverLoudspeaker: Used during the battle of Stalingrad by the Red Army as a means to bolster morale.



%%* GoodIsNotNice

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%%* GoodIsNotNice* GoodIsNotNice: Fighting Nazis is good, but the Russian government was not nice at all, bordering on EvilVsEvil.



* OhCrap: The last two Germans Vasily kills certainly get one when they realize that in the span of less then thirty seconds, three of their comrades were killed, and they had little idea where the shots came from. The final one definitely qualifies when he realized his weapon was not within arms reach (something that EVERY army from UsefulNotes/WW1 on drills into its soldiers from the moment they start training-NEVER leave your weapon where you cannot quickly grab it and use it).

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* OhCrap: OhCrap:
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The last two Germans Vasily kills certainly get one when they realize that in the span of less then thirty seconds, three of their comrades were killed, and they had little idea where the shots came from. The final one definitely qualifies when he realized his weapon was not within arms reach (something that EVERY army from UsefulNotes/WW1 on drills into its soldiers from the moment they start training-NEVER leave your weapon where you cannot quickly grab it and use it).



%%* SniperDuel: What the plot and center of the action is.

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%%* * SniperDuel: What the plot and center of the action is.Zaytsev versus Konig.



%%* ThoseWackyNazis
* TranslationConvention: The Soviets tend to speak in British English and the Germans tend to speak in American English. Tania was actually from America and would be even less likely to speak British English.

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%%* ThoseWackyNazis
* ThoseWackyNazis: Nazis are the villains.
* TranslationConvention: The Soviets tend to speak in British English Russian and German are both portrayed as English, and no one uses Russian or German accents to stand in for the Germans tend to speak in American English. Tania was actually from America and would be even less likely to speak British English.translation.



* YouHaveFailedMe: Khrushchev: "I have to report you to the boss. Perhaps you'd prefer to cut out the red tape?" In this case, this is done [[GoodIsNotNice by the good guys]], as DeliberateValuesDissonance.

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* YouHaveFailedMe: YouHaveFailedMe:
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Khrushchev: "I have to report you to the boss. Perhaps you'd prefer to cut out the red tape?" In this case, this is done [[GoodIsNotNice by the good guys]], as DeliberateValuesDissonance.
25th Apr '18 12:23:06 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* AdaptationExpansion: The book the movie is based off of is a non-fiction book chronicling the entire Battle of Stalingrad. Although Tania and Zaytsev do appear in the book (the former much more so than the latter), the movie's plot is based on a brief segment less than three pages long.

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* AdaptationExpansion: The book the movie is based off of is a (fairly ahistorical) non-fiction book chronicling the entire Battle of Stalingrad. Although Tania and Zaytsev do appear in the book (the former much more so than the latter), the movie's plot is based on a brief segment less than three pages long.



* ChummyCommies: The Soviet Russians are [[VillainProtagonist Villain Protagonists]] of a sort, and it's sorta okay to cheer for them because they're battling the just as despicable Nazi Germany, who are invading their homeland. The film even [[ButNotTooForeign demystifies Russians for Western audiences by having British actors portray them]]. However, it still points out the problems with the Soviet Union.

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* ChummyCommies: The Soviet Russians are [[VillainProtagonist Villain Protagonists]] of a sort, and it's sorta okay We're meant to cheer root for them because they're battling the just main characters as despicable Nazi Germany, who are invading heroic defenders of their homeland. The film even [[ButNotTooForeign demystifies Russians for Western audiences by having British actors portray them]]. However, it still points out homeland, but the problems Russian government comes across very poorly, with the Soviet Union.a few scenes dedicated to portraying it as brutal and poor.



** Zaytsev is the only character who's portrayal matches the more accurate ones documented in the book; Tania is portrayed as a slightly sociopathic ColdSniper, König is not seeking revenge (and likely didn't exist), and several other characters from the movie weren't real.
25th Apr '18 12:18:03 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* BattleCouple: Two of the snipers working with Zaytsev early in the film. [[WarIsHell They both die soon after being introduced.]]

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* BattleCouple: BattleCouple:
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Two of the snipers working with Zaytsev early in the film. [[WarIsHell They both die soon after being introduced.]]



* {{Chickification}}: In the book, Tania is a borderline SociopathicSoldier with a mild infatuation with Zaytsev. In the movie, she's a lovesick DamselInDistress and love interest who occasionally is implied to do some soldiering.

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* {{Chickification}}: In the book, Tania is a borderline SociopathicSoldier with a mild infatuation with Zaytsev. In the movie, she's a lovesick DamselInDistress and love interest who occasionally is implied to do some soldiering. In real life, Tania's claims of being a badass sniper at Stalingrad are doubted by some historians.
25th Apr '18 12:16:31 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: The director justifies this in the commentary track by invoking a variant of the TranslationConvention; since there are many, many different regional accents in both Russian and German, it's reasonable that a Ural Mountains boy sounds like Jude Law. Ed Harris at least muted his New Jersey accent, which would have been glaringly out-of-place.

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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: The director justifies this Everyone speaks with American/British accents rather than attempt Russian and German accents to stand in for foreign languages. In the commentary track by invoking a variant of track, the TranslationConvention; since there director notes that this allows characters to show that they are many, many from different regional accents in both Russian regions and German, it's reasonable that a Ural Mountains boy sounds like Jude Law. Ed Harris at least muted his New Jersey accent, which would have been glaringly out-of-place.walks of life. It also sidesteps the language barrier between Konig and the Russians.
25th Apr '18 12:05:45 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* BasedOnAGreatBigLie: Law and Weisz played real people but both Major König and the main plot (German sniper sent to Stalingrad specifically to get Zaytsev) are now believed to be inventions of Soviet wartime propagandists. This isn't that surprising, really, since a Soviet propagandist is one of the main characters.
** It's also debatable as to how great a sniper the real Zaytsev actually was. As shown in the movie, the Soviet propaganda machine worked overtime to build him up to a god like status.

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* BasedOnAGreatBigLie: Law Zaytsev and Weisz played Chernova were real people people, but both veracity of their exploits is doubted by many historians as either Soviet propaganda in the case of Zaytsev or self-promotion in the case of Chernova. The main plot of their battle with Major König and the main plot (German sniper sent to Stalingrad specifically to get Zaytsev) love triangle with Danilov are now believed to be inventions of Soviet wartime propagandists. This isn't that surprising, really, since a Soviet propagandist is one of the main characters.
** It's also debatable
both regarded as to how great a sniper the real Zaytsev actually was. As shown in the movie, the Soviet propaganda machine worked overtime to build him up to a god like status.complete inventions.
15th Apr '18 4:26:05 PM Morgenthaler
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* ShootingLessonsFromYourParents: The ColdOpen of the film has Soviet sniper Vasily Zaytsev as a child hunting in the woods with his grandfather, who urges him to [[AnimalMetaphor shoot at a wolf]].
10th Apr '18 4:30:00 AM XenMon2
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* InNameOnly: The book is a non-fictional account of the battle of Stalingrad, consisting of a comprehensive overview of the campaign and the men in charge, recounts from civilians and soldiers who were there, and information from archives that had only recently been opened for research. The movie is... not.
10th Feb '18 8:40:20 AM TheTropingGopher
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** Konig has a very silent one when he realises [[he’s been duped into leaving his hiding spot and is now in Vasily’s crosshairs. Instead of trying to run or fight back, he accepts his fate with dignity.]]

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** Konig has a very silent one when he realises [[he’s [[spoiler: he’s been duped into leaving his hiding spot and is now in Vasily’s crosshairs. Instead of trying to run or fight back, he accepts his fate with dignity.]]
10th Feb '18 8:39:38 AM TheTropingGopher
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FacingTheBulletsOneLiner: Danilov before his [[spoiler: HeroicSuicide.]] After stabbing his friend in the back and eventually getting a child killed with his methods, he decides to help Vasily one last time...[[spoiler: by ‘showing him where the Major is hiding’.]]

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FacingTheBulletsOneLiner: *FacingTheBulletsOneLiner: Danilov before his [[spoiler: HeroicSuicide.]] After stabbing his friend in the back and eventually getting a child killed with his methods, he decides to help Vasily one last time...[[spoiler: by ‘showing him where the Major is hiding’.]]
10th Feb '18 8:38:33 AM TheTropingGopher
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FacingTheBulletsOneLiner: Danilov before his [[spoiler: HeroicSuicide.]] After stabbing his friend in the back and eventually getting a child killed with his methods, he decides to help Vasily one last time...[[spoiler: by ‘showing him where the Major is hiding’.]]



*FailedASpotCheck: [[spoiler: Konig doesn’t notice Vasily standing a couple of feet away aiming at him until it’s too late.]]



**Konig has a very silent one when he realises [[he’s been duped into leaving his hiding spot and is now in Vasily’s crosshairs. Instead of trying to run or fight back, he accepts his fate with dignity.]]



** A more minor example between [[spoiler: Konig and Sacha. Sacha never really was working for Konig, but Konig feels this way when he catches Sacha ratting on him and as punishment, he ‘’’hangs him’’’ from a Water Tower.]]

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** A more minor example between [[spoiler: Konig and Sacha. Sacha never really was working for Konig, but Konig feels this way when he catches Sacha ratting on him and as punishment, he ‘’’hangs him’’’ hangs him from a Water Tower.]]
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