Which is ironic when you realize the actor who played him also was the innocent angel in "Wings of Desire" (Rudolf Ganz)
Speaking of that and Cornelius Ryan, THIS also should have been adapted to the big screen: http://fardreamersblog.blogspot.ca/2012/09/cornelius-ryans-last-battle-b...
Wouldn't that have been great? The perfect film trilogy.
Hmm I think the locations are good, the cinematography is good, and the lighting is acceptable. However story and performances are where it could have been improved. I think it came off as a generic student film and not as experimental or surreal as some of the other projects (my school was more an art college and not so much a film school). People who viewed it were a little lost on what was going on.
I think I most enjoy WWII films when they're foreign productions.
Days of Glory (Indigènes) is a great French film about Algerians in the Free French Army. The Counterfeiters is a Austrian title about Operation Bernhard, the Nazi's use of skilled concentration camp inmates to forge fake allied money. Downfall is up there too, easily the best and grittiest on-screen portrayal of Hitler. Ever.
Although the two Cornelius Ryan adaptations (Longest Day and Bridge Too Far) are classics too. It's nice to see historical films not straying too far from the facts, even if they do cast Gene Hackman as a Polish General... *sigh*