History Film / TheGreyZone

8th Jun '17 8:16:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* AdaptationalUgliness: Josef Mengele was a rather handsome young man in real life[[note]]As noted by, for instance, Holocaust survivor Olga Lengyel in her book ''Five Chimneys''[[/note]], which is part of the reason why he became known as the "Angel of Death" in Auschwitz. In this movie he's briefly portrayed as a balding middle-aged man.

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* AdaptationalUgliness: [[MadDoctor Josef Mengele Mengele]] was a rather handsome young man in real life[[note]]As noted by, for instance, Holocaust survivor Olga Lengyel in her book ''Five Chimneys''[[/note]], which is part of the reason why he became known as the "Angel of Death" in Auschwitz. In this movie he's briefly portrayed as a balding middle-aged man.
8th Jun '17 8:15:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* AdaptationalUgliness: Josef Mengele was a rather handsome young man in real life[[note]]As noted by, for instance, Holocaust survivor Olga Lengyel in her book ''Five Chimneys''[[/note]], which is part of the reason why he became known as the "Angel of Death" in Auschwitz. In this movie he's briefly portrayed as a balding middle-aged man.
16th May '17 12:47:13 PM Noraneko
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* BlackAndGrayMorality: The Nazis are unquestionably and unambiguously evil, and while the Sonderkommando are working to rebel, they are forced to go to inhuman and despicable measures to earn the extremely temporary right to survive.
16th Apr '17 12:10:00 PM Golondrina
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* LesCollaborateurs: Subverted by the Sonderkommando.



* LaResistance: The Sonderkommandos are planning an uprising from within the Crematoria to destroy the largest furnaces and reduce the death camp's killing potential.
* LesCollaborateurs: Subverted by the Sonderkommando.


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* LaResistance: The Sonderkommandos are planning an uprising from within the Crematoria to destroy the largest furnaces and reduce the death camp's killing potential.
19th Feb '17 9:15:04 PM Mdumas43073
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-->-- '''Hoffman talking to the girl'''

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-->-- '''Hoffman '''Hoffman''', talking to the girl'''
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19th Feb '17 9:14:32 PM Mdumas43073
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Stars David Arquette, Creator/HarveyKeitel, Creator/SteveBuscemi and Mira Sorvino.

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Stars Directed by Tim Blake Nelson, the film stars David Arquette, Creator/HarveyKeitel, Creator/SteveBuscemi Creator/SteveBuscemi, and Mira Sorvino.
1st Dec '16 4:23:10 PM Morgenthaler
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* TakingYouWithMe: Oberscharfuehrer Muhsfeld expresses this attitude about the genocide he's a part of after shooting Hesch, fully cognizant of the fact that the war is going to end badly for the Nazis.
-->'''Muhsfeld:''' That is how it will go for all of us. First you, then us. The last thing to do is smile. We will dispose of as many of you as we can before they do the same to us. Your bombers only speed it all up!
13th Jun '16 4:29:45 PM NihilisticBagel
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* NotSoDifferent: The similarities between the Nazis and the Sonderkommandos is a major point of guilt for the latter.
** A disturbing example is when [[spoiler: Hoffman brutally beats an old man to death over a watch and a Nazi guard smugly hands it over to him afterwards.]]
13th Jun '15 9:19:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* DarkerAndEdgier: ''The Grey Zone'' is Darker and Edgier... ''[[ExaggeratedTrope for a Holocaust film]]''. While films about the topic all depict the unimaginable human suffering of that period, most (such as ''Film/SchindlersList'') also try to portray a narrative of courage and hope amidst all that horror, with at least some characters managing to survive against all odds. This film takes place entirely in Auschwitz, focusing on the prisoners who were forced to assist the Nazis by disposing of the bodies, making the protagonists much more morally ambiguous than is typical. It ends with [[KillEmAll almost every character of note dying]], and most of their efforts throughout the film either resulting in a rather minor victory (half the crematoria remain after the uprising, and the death industry continues) or simply [[ShootTheShaggyDog rendered pointless]] (the little girl they tried to save, who's killed by Oberscharführer Muhsfeldt after a HopeSpot).

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* DarkerAndEdgier: ''The Grey Zone'' is Darker and Edgier... ''[[ExaggeratedTrope for a Holocaust film]]''. While films about the topic all depict the unimaginable human suffering of that period, most (such as ''Film/SchindlersList'') ''Film/SchindlersList'', ''Film/ThePianist'', or ''Film/EscapeFromSobibor'') also try to portray a narrative of courage and hope amidst all that horror, with at least some characters managing to survive against all odds. This film takes place entirely in Auschwitz, focusing on the prisoners who were forced to assist the Nazis by disposing of the bodies, making the protagonists much more morally ambiguous than is typical. It ends with [[KillEmAll almost every character of note dying]], and most of their efforts throughout the film either resulting in a rather minor victory (half the crematoria remain after the uprising, and the death industry continues) or simply [[ShootTheShaggyDog rendered pointless]] (the little girl they tried to save, who's killed by Oberscharführer Muhsfeldt after a HopeSpot).
3rd May '15 9:30:41 PM SolidTrig
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* INeedAFreakingDrink: Oberscharführer Muhsfeldt drinks excessively to deal with the horrors he oversees at Auschwitz. He denies it, claiming that he doesn't have any problems with killing the Jews and that all of his problems stem from his alcoholism, which is unrelated to his work.

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* INeedAFreakingDrink: Oberscharführer Muhsfeldt drinks excessively to deal with the horrors he oversees at Auschwitz. He denies it, claiming that he doesn't have any problems with killing the Jews and that all of his problems stem from his alcoholism, which he says is unrelated to his work.
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