The Fallen

Brooklyn Independent Studios Released 2004


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Ari Taub
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The Fallen is a dark, intense film about the final months of the Second World War. The film was directed by Ari Taub and released in 2004 by Brooklyn Independent Studios. Set in 1944, The Fallen portrays the end of World War II from the perspective of several soldiers, including those fighting for the ill-fated Axis powers. Each man has a markedly different perspective on the war and its impending end. German Lieutenant Gunther (Thomas Pohn) tries desperately to motivate his men, despite clear indications that they have lost the war. Gunther's battalion is soon joined by a group of Italian soldiers, led by Lieutenant Gianini (Fabio Sartor). The situation in which this motley crew finds itself is complicated by interactions with civilians and gangs. Meanwhile, weary American Sergeant Malone (John McVay) is attempting to reinforce fatigued Allied troops with much-needed provisions. The Fallen is a fascinating pastiche of three war narratives, and should not be missed by anyone with an interest in the Second World War.


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  • 75

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    It's an ensemble piece with a dark, salty mood that reminded me of Robert Altman and Robert Aldrich, with a touch of Francis Ford Coppola. It's notably non-"gung ho."

  • 75

    New York Post V.A. Musetto

    You care for these warriors, no matter which uniform they're wearing. I don't know Taub's intentions, but The Fallen makes a potent antiwar statement.

  • 70

    The New York Times

    Directed by Ari Taub with a naturalistic style and a nonpartisan eye, The Fallen finds its humanity in the dailiness of a soldier's life, in the long stretches of nothing, where te...

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Historical, Military & War