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The Round up DVD
Reviewed by
Simon Black
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The Round Up DVD Review A solid and compelling effort from writer-director Rose Bosch, The Round Up is one of the more praiseworthy WWII films of recent years, and one whose gutsy performances and weighty subject matter combine to produce an intensely moving historical drama. 
Rating:
3.5

Feature 7.0
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features 1.0
Total 7.0
Distributor: Madman
Running Time: 121 Minutes
Reviewer: Simon Black
Classification
: M15+

7.0


The Round up

The German occupation of France during World War II lasted some four and a half years, and for the citizens living under Nazi rule was a time of unparalleled privation and indignity.  Not only were they obliged to witness their armed forces and its leadership crumbling in the wake of the inexorable Wehrmacht advance, they were also forced to pay the staggering costs of maintaining the occupying German army, to send thousands of their men to fight for Germany on the Eastern Front and to provide manpower for Hitler’s factories and armaments plants, all while columns of victorious German units goose-stepped their way down the Champs-Elysees and swanned about the countryside with all the swagger and entitlement of landed gentry surveying some vast new estate. 

Another of the more sinister aspects of the occupation was the manner in which Nazi authorities soon demanded that France hand over the bulk of her 350,000-strong Jewish population for ‘resettlement’ in the East.  During the most famous raid, that of 16 and 17 July 1942, more than 13,000 Jews residing in Paris were arrested and interred in the Winter Velodrome.  Held there for five days, they were then transferred to Drancy internment camp and finally to Auschwitz, where the overwhelming majority would perish. 

Starring Melanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) and the ubiquitous Jean Reno, The Round Up focuses on the days leading up to the raid, which was executed with the full complicity and active assistance of French civil and police organisations.  A faithful and unflinching exposition of the fruits of French collaboration, the film is a poignant and stirring evocation of all that’s best and worst about human nature.  The depictions of Nazi leaders (particularly Udo Schenk’s Hitler) border on caricature, an understandable impulse but one that reduces the levity of several crucial scenes, however the rest of the performances are universally excellent.  Laurent in particular shines as the conscience-stricken nurse Annette Monod, who after the war would be named a Righteous Among the Nations for her efforts during and after the round up. 

A solid and compelling effort from writer-director Rose Bosch, The Round Up is one of the more praiseworthy WWII films of recent years, and one whose gutsy performances and weighty subject matter combine to produce an intensely moving historical drama. 

Special Features

Nothing particularly special, just a theatrical trailer and smattering of Madman propaganda. 






 
 



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