Watch: 1944 2015 123movies, Full Movie Online – In “1944” Director Elmo Nüganen portrays the real events on the Eastern Front in Estonia in 1944, from the Battle Of Tannenburg Line, the July fighting on the Sinimäed Hills, until November, when the Sorve peninsula was already conquered by the Soviet Army. The war is shown through the eyes of participants in the events on both warring sides – the Estonians who fought on the side of the German Army in the 20th Estonian division Waffen-SS, and as part of the 8th Estonian Rifle Corps of the Soviet Army. For residents of Estonia it was a war in which everyone makes their own choices. It is with such hard choices facing the main characters of the film – the soldiers of the opposing sides Carl Tammik and Urey Jogi – as well as their comrades, relatives, friends and even strangers..
Plot: The events of the war in 1944, from the Blue Hills to Sõrve Peninsula. Shown through the eyes of Estonian soldiers who had to pick sides and fight against fellow brothers. Choices have to be made, not only by the soldiers, but also by their loved ones.
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If one wants to watch good war movies he should look out for Scandinavian or Eastern Europe productions – war movies from there of course got not the big budget of Hollywood blockbusters but beat them easy – they are far more realistic, got better characters and more interesting stories to tell. 1944 is one of those movies: it tells us the story of Estonian soldiers fighting the Sowjets – and against Estonians fighting on the side of the Red Army. Action scenes and acting are good, the story too. Beats Dunkirk and 1917 and such Hollywood overpraised stuff easy – of course no Brad Pitt or Tom Hardy around who beat single-handed a battalion of enemies. Good.
War will tear us apart… caught in the middle
Impressive film dealing with one of the lesser known battlegrounds in WW2.
The Baltic countries, like other Eastern European nations, were caught between the colossal war machines of the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. These two nations divided the map in secret through the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, and moved to annex their territorial claims at the onset of the war.
At that time, a sizeable part of Estonia’s population had strong German ties dating back to the Hanseatic era. Upon the outbreak of the Russian invasion, many of these civilians fled to Germany or neutral Sweden. The able men who stayed were conscripted into the Red Army. When the Nazis broke the truce in 1941 and advanced towards the East, those in Soviet service in turn fled before the Germans, whilst the German Estonians who had left the country in 1940 returned to serve their new (and in their eyes, rightful) occupiers.
The film takes place in 1944, as the Russians return to reclaim the Baltic states on their way to Berlin. Men on both sides of the conflict, once brothers, friends, neighbours, now are forced to fight one another on behalf of foreign forces. There is little glory to this story. Subliminally (and sublimely) it takes a stance against the madness and tragedy of war. Most actions taken by the characters are out of necessity. Nobody is a true protagonist or antagonist. In one scene, the bewilderment and confusion of the civilian population is displayed as well.
Connecting to the characters is not difficult; the actors do a solid job. Nothing too bombastic. The pace of the film adapts well to the amount of information which is shown and processed in any given scene. The settings, costumes, camera work, and music all mesh together nicely.
If you wish to view history from a different perspective than Hollywood’s, this film is definitely worth your time.
Original Language et
Runtime 1 hr 40 min (100 min)
Genre Drama, History, War
Director Elmo Nüganen
Writer Leo Kunnas
Actors Kaspar Velberg, Kristjan Üksküla, Maiken Pius
Country Estonia, Finland
Awards 2 wins & 5 nominations
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Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
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Printed Film Format N/A