As war rages across Europe, the once idyllic Alpines become host to one of the most brutal battles of the First World War. When he is drafted to fight for his country, young Andreas (William Moseley) is torn from his love, Francesca. With the front line cutting through the mighty Dolomite mountains, Andreas' battalion must hold the final line of defence and survive both the brutal war and the unforgiving environment of the Iron Mountain.
History changed somewhat to suit this movie.
- 1915: The Battle for the Alps review by CM
An odd film as the Austrians speak perfect English, but the Italians speak subtitled Italian. The Austrians seem to be totally untrained reservists and are woefully under equipped for operating in high mountains. There is no mention of the terrible avalanche casualties which happened in December 1915, though the explosion of tunnelled Italian mines which took place very much later in the "Gebirgskrieg" mountain war is well depicted. Claudia Cardinale makes a cameo appearance in the wedding scene at the start of the story, looking remarkable for all her 80 or so years. Continuity is not great either, a soldier is holding his rifle left handed on one scene, and the sky is full of airliner con trails in another. But then this is not a historical documentary, so can be forgiven its massaging of history.
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Not a Period of History I Knew
- 1915: The Battle for the Alps review by KW
Interesting film about the entry of Austria into the WW1 against the Italians in their Alpine Regions. How much of the film is based on real facts with suitable embellishments is hard to tell.
The Italians seem more prepared compared to the Austrian reservists? But progress is slow and the sub plot of relationships that existed before the war at times are more of a hinderance than add clarity to the film.