Teacher starts a big wave of Nazi principles
The Wave (15) Director Dennis Gansel Starring Jurgen Vogel, Frederick Lau, Max Riemel, Jennifer Ulrich, Christiane Paul 110 mins Three star rating A Nazi version of Dead Poets Society, this German high school movie shows just how easily and quickly see
The Wave (15)
Director Dennis Gansel Starring Jurgen Vogel, Frederick Lau, Max Riemel, Jennifer Ulrich, Christiane Paul
Three star rating
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A Nazi version of Dead Poets Society, this German high school movie shows just how easily and quickly seemingly reasonable people can be seduced by fascism. (Cue arched eyebrow, knowing look and the reply, "Well, if you say so," from the rest of the world.)
It is also an indictment of trendy teachers. Wenger (Vogel) rolls into school wearing a Ramones T-shirt and with Rock'n'Roll High School blaring out of his car stereo. Miffed that he doesn't get assigned the Anarchy class during Project Week, he decides to give his initially apathetic class an insight in Autocracy they'll never forget.
- 1 Police investigate reported rape of teenager
- 2 'Picture of health': Mum's tribute to son who died of sudden cardiac arrest
- 3 Haverstock Hill cycle lanes given the green light
- 4 The Vagina Museum searches for new home as Camden Market leases end
- 5 Piers Plowright: 'An extraordinary force, devoted to Hampstead'
- 6 Barnet Council called in bailiffs over non-existent council tax bill
- 7 Tennis coach 'distraught' at losing Belsize role amid club row
- 8 Famous Parliament Hill view still obscured as nesting birds delay work
- 9 Clapped in the street - and assaulted: Staff call for behaviour change in A&E
- 10 Letter on shopping for one!
He introduces them to marching, discipline, uniformity and other delights of despotism and they embrace it enthusiastically - within days they have formed their own movement, Die Welle.
It's based on a true story that happened in California in 1967 and the movie does a solid job of adapting its themes to the age of gang culture and the internet. It's thought provoking though I'm not sure it provokes any thoughts you mightn't have reached by yourself.