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Uwe Boll's Auschwitz - Haven't the Jews Suffered Enough?





I miss the Uwe Boll that made bad video game movies we could at the very least laugh at. I much prefer that Uwe Boll to the morose Uwe Boll who now mostly makes movies that wallow in human misery - prison rape, Vietnam savagery, Columbine-style massacres, African genocide - and now he's making a movie called Auschwitz graphically detailing the horrors that went on in that most notorious of Nazi concentration camps.

Twitch broke the news that Uwe Boll has made a movie about one of the greatest horrors in human history. Quoting Dr. Boll:

"It's in the tradition of my movies Stoic, Darfur, Rampage, Tunnel Rats, Heart of America...it shows Auschwitz as what it was: a meat plant for humans...a death factory."

As opposed to all those other Holocaust movies over the years that made Auschwitz seem like a happy place for Jews?

There's also a rather unpleasant teaser clip for Auschwitz you can see below (yes, that is Uwe Boll himself seen in a Nazi uniform looking constipated as Jews get gassed in the next room) that honestly makes me question whether he's setting out to make a gut-wrenching drama about the atrocities perpetrated in Nazi Germany's most infamous concentration camp or if he's using it as an excuse to make a Holocaust-sploitation flick designed to be the German version of Men Behind the Sun. Perhaps if a movie about sensitive subject matter this disturbing was being made by a filmmaker with a better track record than the guy responsible for House of the Dead, Postal, and Seed, some of us wouldn't question the filmmaker's intent.

Maybe Boll will prove us wrong. That remains to be seen. But will you want to see it?

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perihelion's picture

I don't enjoy mr Bolls movies one bit but I have to say that the opening scene in the trailer really made me feel uneasy. I haven't felt that since 3guys1hammer. I don't think he will get away with this. But he probably dont care at all. He wants to provoke people and provoke he will with this one.


Submitted by perihelion on Thu, 09/09/2010 - 1:06am.
Cinemascribe's picture

About a decade ago, Bryan Singer helmed a nifty little adaptation of Stephen King's novella Apt Pupil. One of the criticisms leveled against the film was that it crassly exploited the Holocaust . Having read in its' entirety the anthology Different Seasons (which contained King's novella), I didn't agree with this criticism. In fact,the film tones down the "final solution" elements in comparison to the source material and touches on those themes in a way that specifically and deliberately serves to move the plot forward. Put another way, the manner in which those elements were incorporated into the film was necessary .

This trailer, on the other hand, is a brazen example of what those critics incorrectly accused Apt Pupil of being. It's been crafted specifically to elicit a reaction of "Are they really going to show this?"

I think Boll has improved as a filmmaker. One needs only witness the vast difference in quality between House of the Dead and Rampage to see that..but this is just crass. There have been numerous films which explored the horrors of Nazi atrocities without showing images as gruesome as what are seen in this teaser. I have no idea whether or not this will be a decent film, but it it comes off as unnecessarily grotesque.
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Submitted by Cinemascribe on Tue, 09/07/2010 - 11:06pm.
CrixLee's picture

I hate Uwe Boll, always have, and the FACT that he's made this film cements it. I really hope that The Wiesenthal Center will ring in soon.


Submitted by CrixLee on Tue, 09/07/2010 - 5:50pm.
moderator He definitely has chutzpah,
Debi Moore's picture

He definitely has chutzpah, that's for sure!


Submitted by Debi Moore on Tue, 09/07/2010 - 6:13pm.

I've always defended Uwe.. We all know his films are rubbish, he knows his films are rubbish, but he always mangages to get finance for them, and if nothing else they at least LOOK competent.. But this? Even this has taken me back abit.


Submitted by Lino on Tue, 09/07/2010 - 2:48pm.
Sirand's picture

Is it wrong to say that I'm progressively liking Uwe Boll's stuff more and more?


Submitted by Sirand on Tue, 09/07/2010 - 2:17pm.

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