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Valkyrie Film is often used as a medium to portray important historical events that the common viewer can then experience themselves. The film Vlakyrie portray the events of WW2. Specifically it covers the 20 July plot and Operation Valkyrie. The 20 July plot was the plan to assassinate Adolf Hitler inside his Wolf’s Lair in Rastenburg, East Prussia and Operation Valkyire was originally a plan to continue the government after an emergency but was changed so that the conspirators would be able to take control of Germany after the assignation of Hitler. The plan was instigated by Colonel Claus von Stauffenburg (Played by Tom Cruise) who was recruited by conspirators to come up with the plan. The film also has many themes and uses a few literary elements. This movie is a pretty realistic portrayal of the actual event and has a pretty good story. The film Valkyrie takes place during World War 2. The film covers the events of the July 20 plot. The main character of the story is Colonel Claus von Stauffenburg. The story follows him from the beginning of the story when he gets recruited to the cause. He then meets other committee members such as Dr. Goerdeler, and Witzleben. There Stauffenburg comes up with assignation plan. Their first attempt at the plan fails but they get another attempt ot try again. The second time they try the bomb is placed and the plan looked like it worked with the bomb exploding in the meeting room with Hitler. They then mobilize the Reserve Army and attempt to take over Berlin. However their blast did not kill Hitler and he was alive. Their plan then falls apart and most of them get arrested. In the end they all end up dying of execution or suicide. The main purpose of this film was to inform people of failed assignation attempt on Hitler. Many people probably did not know of this before watching this movie like myself and this movie informed them. There were a few themes in the movie Valkyrie. One theme in the movie is standing up against someone or something when it or they are not doing something morally right. Everybody involved in the plot wanted to stand up against the atrocities of Hitler and they wanted to show they would that not all Germans are bad. They knew the risks of what they were doing but they needed to do what was right. Another theme of the movie could be not falling in with the crowd. There may have been other people who thought Hitler was wrong but they didn’t do anything or just pretended to like him because he was popular. The conspirators didn’t fall into the crowd and went their own way. A third theme could be that evil is persistent and difficult to put down. Hitler dodged many assignation attempts and was never killed except by himself Valkyrie uses some literary elements in the story. One element of foreshadowing in the movie was when the first assignation attempt didn’t work. This would be an example that the assignation attempt would eventually end in faluire. This film was also very interesting. The historical aspect of the film was intriguing to watch and the movie also has some good actors and visuals. Most people would be interested to see this thriller as well as young people. Valkyrie is based on the real assignation attempt on Hitler. The basis of the plot is correct and many events are actual portrayals of what happened. One historical inaccuracy in the film however, is the first assignation attempt was in Berchtesgaden and not in Wolf’s Lair. This change was probably made because the creators of the movie probably thought people would get confused. Other than that one inaccuracy the movie is very true to the original events. I have not learned about this event so this film could be used in the classroom to teach about the assignation attempt as it is an accurate portrayal. Valkyrie is a good, solid movie that did not have many things wrong with it. It had an interesting plot and very suspenseful moments to keep the viewer entertained. The film also has some pretty cool visuals as well. One problem with the film thou was that it could get boring sometimes. A lot of the time in the movie there was nothing going on so I could lose attention pretty easy. Valkyrie was an engaging movie about a cool historical topic. It had a good plot and many themes with deep meanings. The movie also is factually accurate and could very well be used in the classroom to teach. The movie also had its weaknesses but its strengths prevailed though. This is a movie anyone would enjoy writing. Works Cited
Valkyrie. Dir. Bryan Singer. Prod. Bryan Singer, Christopher McQuarrie, and Gilbert Adler. By Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander. Perf. Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, and Tom Wilkinson. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2008.
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