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Based on real events, A HIDDEN LIFE is the story of an unsung hero, Bl. Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife, Fani, and children that keeps his spirit alive.Written by
The production was shot digitally on the Red Epic Dragon camera system. The camera was selected for its ability to handle stark contrast within a scene, preserving details in both the highlights and shadows of the image, while still maintaining realistic color. See more »
[Talking to his daughter Fani, who is also Franz Jägerstätter's wife, about Franz's imprisonment and the resultant mistreatment that the family is facing]
Better to suffer injustice than to do it.
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The title card at the end of the picture comes from the final sentence of George Eliot's "Middlemarch". See more »
Although I didn't agree with the main character not wanting to sign this paper to be released from Nazi prison, I thought the film was outstanding nonetheless.
First the director really put the camera person to work and it worked out just awesome. Being a photographer myself, I love off centered subjects. My subject doesn't have to be right in the center of my photos and some shots were filmed in that style as well. When you see the Nazi guard yelling, there was just music so not only could you not hear the guard screaming but he was a little off to the very right of the shot. I noticed that a lot. I loved the music playing when there was no other sound to some scenes. I also love wide open shots and the mountains and green pasture scenes were magnificent, plus lovely music in the background? Wow, that was mind blowing. I didn't care if it was 3 hours long bcz I was digging the photography and very little dialogue.
I am so glad the director Terence Malick spared any death camp scenes, the film was perfect without the blood and cruelty. The scenes were carefully filmed to depict life in the 40's and the beautiful old buildings, even in the downtown of cities was very realistic.
The main character was a Nazi conscientious objector who could easily signed a document which could have freed him. I personally did not agree with the film and main character but the beautiful poetic reasoning being narrated quickly convinces you and you get to see it through his eyes.
I highly recommend this film, even though it's long, the beautiful photography, narration and portrayal of life in the Austrian mountainside made this film an instant classic.
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