War and Remembrance (1988, United States)
Director: Dan Curtis
Czas: 1600 minut
Director: Dan Curtis
Second part of the epic Herman Wouk novels - Pugh Henry and his family are spread around the world when war starts, now they have to find a way to survive.
When United States joined the World War 2 the Henry family was spread around the world - Pugh was given command of USS Northampton in the Pacific, his wife Rhoda and daughter were in United States, one son was US Navy pilot while second, Byron, was serving aboard submarine. But for all of them the most important news is that Byron’s wife Natalie and her uncle Aaron Jastrow are stuck in Italy. Both are Jewish and as such are not welcome in Germany, to make things worse there is problem with their papers, so they can’t simply leave Europe. Aaron’s former pupil, Werner Beck, tries to help professor, but soon it turns out he has his hidden agenda and in fact he is Nazi collaborator. While on Pacific Pugh meets again Pamela Tudsbury just before Japanese attack Singapore, despite the fact that his marriage is on the rocks he tries to be faithful to his wife. Meanwhile in Europe Germans begin their "final solution" to the Jewish matter, which puts Natalie and Aaron in desperate situation.
Second part of the story concentrates mostly on struggle of Natalie and Aaron, or in broader sense on struggle of Jews in Europe during World War 2, from simple acts of persecution to mass murders in concentration camps. While War and Remembrance lacks the smooth storyline of The Winds of War this part of the story contains one of the most realistic views on how German war machine was repressing those that were sub-humans for the Nazis. Unfortunately the whole series lacks pace and contain parts that were expendable really, like most of the scenes that take place in Russia. Overall very uneven show - on one hand really moving and sometimes shocking scenes of Nazi bestiality, but at the same time soap-opera-like parts that have very little to offer.
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