The Fallen
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War makes for uneasy alliances and dangerous loyalties in this period military drama. During the waning days of World War II in late 1944, German troops in the Italian Alps are struggling to defend "the Gothic Line," their ultimate line of defense, with the help of a battalion of Italian soldiers as American forces on the other side are poised to attack. While Italy may be allied with Germany in the war, many of the soldiers feel little sympathy for their cause, and the Italian villagers nearby are as frequently in cahoots with Communist resistance fighters as with Yankee soldiers, a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"War is hell, it maintains -- and though we've heard that before, Taub and his crack international company make us feel it."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Directed by Ari Taub with a naturalistic style and a nonpartisan eye, The Fallen finds its humanity in the dailiness of a soldier's life."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"While the scope is ambitious and the tone refreshingly light on moralism, few of the innumerable characters and subplots elicit much sympathy."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"The photography and period detailing are excellent, and Taub, who displays real feeling for the innocent bystanders of war, finds the occasional small, surprising moment."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"This multiethnic, polyglot war epic successfully marries its grand ambitions to a minuscule budget."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"You care for these warriors, no matter which uniform they're wearing."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Italian locations, strong acting in three different languages, and sharply written snapshots of individual soldiers from all four sides of the conflict add up to a multifaceted close-up of daily life on the lines."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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