Anthropoid (UK/France/Czech Republic, 2016)

Directed by: Sean Ellis. Who doesn’t love a good WWII movie now and then? And especially one that gets out of the recurring and repetitive bubble of American-centric WWII movies? If the only source of information you got about world history was Hollywood movies (my God I can’t fathom it!), you’d think that the only people doing anything to fight the Nazis was the good old U.S. of A. So even though this is an English language film, starring English language actors, and banked partly with English language money, its still a movie about two Czecho-Slovak national heroes and how they carried out the only successful assassination of a high ranking Nazi official, on Reinhard Heydrich, one of the architects of the Final Solution, the “Butcher of Prague”. And we could have a whole big conversation about getting your history from movies (I’ve talked about that a couple times before), but I really feel like I learned a thing or two about the Czech Resistance, even if it was basically propaganda. So then maybe this review amounts to: “I thought this was really good propaganda!” But it really was. And considering how much conservative, war-mongering, Islamophobic propaganda gets released in theatres every year, I don’t mind a bit of one-sided hagiography about two regular people who killed a high ranking Nazi. Some things need that kind of propaganda, and this is one of them.

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One response to “Anthropoid (UK/France/Czech Republic, 2016)

  1. Pingback: To Be or Not to Be (USA, 1942) | Offhand Reviews·

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