Rent Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany (1984)

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14h 49min
Rent Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany (aka Heimat - Eine deutsche Chronik) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
Highly acclaimed eleven-part series directed by Edgar Reitz, originally produced for German television over a two-year period at the beginning of the 1980s. The series chronicles over 60 years of turbulent German history from 1919 to 1982, including the economic meltdown that followed World War 1, the rise and fall of the Nazis and World War 2, and the subsequent rebuilding of Germany in two halves, East and West. The tale unfolds in a small fictional rural village and follows the fortunes of a woman called Maria (Marita Breuer) who at the start of the series is a young girl, and by the end is an old woman who has lived to tell the tale of some of history's harshest moments.
The series won the International Critics' Prize at the 1984 Venice Film Festival.
Actors:
, , , , , Johannes Lobewein, Gertrud Bredel, , Hans-Jürgen Schatz, Johannes Metzdorf, Wolfram Wagner, Willi Burger, Arno Lang, Sabine Wagner, Helga Bender, Alexander Scholz, , , Gabriele Blum, Rolf Roth
Directors:
Producers:
Inge Richter, Joachim von Mengershausen, Hans Kwiet
Writers:
Edgar Reitz, Peter F. Steinbach
Aka:
Heimat - Eine deutsche Chronik
Studio:
Tartan
Genres:
Classics, Drama
Countries:
Germany, Classics, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
01/01/2003
Run Time:
925 minutes
Languages:
German
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour and B & W
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following episode:
1. The Call of Faraway Places (1919 -1928)
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following episodes:
2. The Centre of the World (1929 -1933)
3. The Best Christmas Ever (1935)
Disc 3:
This disc includes the following episodes:
4. The Highway (1938)
5. Up and Away and Back (1938 - 1939)
6. The Home Front (1943)
Disc 4:
This disc includes the following episodes:
7. Solidiers and Love (1944)
8. The American (1945 - 1947)
Disc 5:
This disc includes the following episode:
9. Little Herman (1955-1956)
Disc 6:
This disc includes the following episodes:
10. Teh Front Years (1967 - 1969)
11. The Feast of the Living and the Dead (1982)
BBFC:
Release Date:
30/04/2018
Run Time:
889 minutes
Languages:
German
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
Colour and B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following episodes:
1. The Call of Faraway Places (1919-1928)
2. The Centre of the World (1929-1933)
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following episodes:
3. The Best Christmas Ever (1935); - The Highway (1938)
4. Up and Away and Back (1938-1939); - The Home Front (1943)
Disc 3:
This disc includes the following episodes:
5. Soldiers and Love (1944); - The American (1945-47)
Disc 4:
This disc includes the following episodes:
6. Little Herman (1955-56)
Disc 5:
This disc includes the following episodes:
7. The Front Years (1967-1969); - The Feast of the Living and the Dead (1982)
Disc 6:
This disc includes special features

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Reviews (3) of Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany

A masterpiece - Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany review by DW

Spoiler Alert
03/05/2018

Heimat is a gem. This will be my third viewing, each as compelling as my first, around thirty years ago. It may initially appear slow and lacking much in the way of drama and narrative but perseverance will reward those who continue to view Edgar Reitz's masterpiece.

The Simon family saga, spread over decades as well as many hours of viewing, allows one to build relationships with the family members so that their lives brcome almost as familiar as those of one's own. That the series of films also educates the viewer in aspects of German history perhaps little known, particularly how rural life in the Hunsruck, in many ways unchanged for centuries, becomes caught up in and dramatically affected by the rise of Hitler and the Third Reich.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Of interest - Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
29/05/2006

This series documents the history of German very well over the 20th century, through depicting the lives of a German family.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Still outstanding after thirty years - Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany review by JG

Spoiler Alert
31/12/2014

Quirky, compelling saga of 60 years of German experience told through the lives of families in a rural village off the beaten track. The first half (covering 1920-1945) has remained vividly in the memory.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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