Krieg Und Frieden/War And Peace

Krieg und Frieden/War and Peace is a thoughtful critique of the escalation toward nuclear war. Made by a collective comprised of Stefan Aust, Heinrich Boll, Axel Engstfeld, Alexander Kluge, and Volker Schlöndorff, it joins the growing list of film and television projects that unfortunately seem to be merely prefacing the upcoming apocalypse. Combining conventional narrative segments and current-events and war footage with an unusually intelligent and facetious voice-over, it focuses on the American plan to “entertain” the “European theater”—or, in other words, on the enactment of a “limited nuclear skirmish” in rural Germany. On a broader level, it is a forthright indictment of American military manipulation and its potential concretion in the final big bang.

Two segments of the film are particularly chilling. Schlöndorff and Böll picture two teams of astronauts, Russian and American, as

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