Tim here, and as a fellow World War II history buff we can all rejoice because the first trailer for the insanely awesome looking STALINGRAD movie coming out in 3D this fall is out. Directed by Russian Fedor Bondarchuk with the 3D produced by Steve Schklair (3ality Technica; using their TS-5 rig and SIP (Stereoscopic Image Processor)) and starring Thomas Kretschmann (KING KONG, WANTED, RESIDENT EVIL: APOCOLYPSE) this movie looks like a thrill. Could it possibly be a contender for the Best Foreign Picture category at the Oscars this year?
For those of you not familiar with the Battle of Stalingrad, you can read about it on Wikipedia. The opening paragraph says this:
The Battle of Stalingrad (August 23, 1942–February 2, 1943) was a major battle of World War II in which Nazi Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) in the southwestern Soviet Union. Marked by constant close-quarters combat and lack of regard for military and civilian casualties, it is among the bloodiest battles in the history of warfare. The heavy losses inflicted on the German army make it arguably the most strategically decisive battle of the whole war. Afterwards, the German forces never regained the initiative in war in the East.According to IMDB STALINGRAD is the "first Russian movie made completely in 3D and the first non-American film in the IMAX format." This is a pretty big deal for Russia, and depicting the infamous battle screenwriter Ilya Tilkin studied museum archives as well as the diaries of the Stalingrad Battle participants to write his original script.
Stalingrad has become hell and paradise for those who were worthy of awards, but the only reward they managed to get was love. How they won, and how they were not defeated, who they were and who was on the other side of the street, what secret they have taken away with them - the movie will tell this story.