Vlasov: General for Two Devils

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War Documentary with no narration published by WDR in 1995 - English language

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Patriot or traitor? More than one-half century after his execution, General Andrei Vlasov remains one of World War II's most controversial figures. What prompted him to change sides and can he really be considered a collaborator? The film draws on numerous archival documents, which were previously classified and inaccessible to researchers, and on a series of interviews conducted with former members of the Russian Liberation Army, Red Army officers and diplomats, as well as former officers of the British and German armies. A brilliant Soviet commander, Vlasov was captured by the German Wehrmacht in July, 1942, and soon became central to the campaign by junior German officers to launch a Russian Liberation Army (usually referred to as the ROA) against Stalin's regime. These plans ran up against Nazi dogmas of Lebensraum and Slavic inferiority, however, and Vlasov spent much of the war under house arrest. Only in the last months of the war did the Germans consent to sponsor a truncated version of his Liberation Army, with predictably futile results. Yet Vlasov's vision - of a Russia freed of Stalin's yoke, with guaranteed freedoms for its peoples - survived his battlefield defeats; that he sought to attain his goals through German Nazi sponsorship underlines the tragedy of his - and Soviet Russia's - predicament. This documentary offers newly-found film footage and extensive interviews with Vlasov's surviving associates, lieutenants, and foot soldiers, including Igor Novosiltzev, Constantine Sacharevitsch, Nikolai Kozlov, Nikolai Numerov, Nikolas Vastchenko, and Nikolai A. Chiketov. The views of Vlasov's German backers are represented by Hans von Herwath, Robert Krotz, and Helmuth Schwenninger, while William Sloane Coffin, Arthur Cowgill, Frank Roberts, and Tom Dennis comment upon the U.S.-British supervised repatriation of Vlasov's surviving troops to the Soviet Union in 1945. With its multiple perspectives and rich visual documentation, this film provides the clearest picture yet of this difficult subject, revealing Vlasov's tortured legacy in its many dimensions. A Film by Ingo Bethke and Pavel Sergeev ; ZEBRA Film- und Fernsehproduktiongesellschaft mbH and Ostankino-Lentelefilm-St.Petersburg Production with SFB/WDR

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC Main@L4
Video Bitrate: 1 145 Kbps
Video Resolution: 706x480
Display Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Frames Per Second: 29.970 fps
Audio Codec: AAC (LC)
Audio Bitrate: 160 kb/s VBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 59 min 21 s
Number Of Parts: 1
Part Size: 560 MB
Source: DVD
Encoded by: springfieldspringfield for MVGroup

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