Land Der Vater, Land Der Sohne (1988)

Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - West Germany  |  
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Director Nico Hoffmann combines black and white with color photography in this plodding drama starring Karl-Heinz Liebezeit in a dual role. When a Nazi war veteran commits suicide, his son investigates his father's wartime activities. The son discovers his father ran a slave labor camp in Poland during the war. The man killed himself in 1972 after learning his questionable war activities would be published in a German newspaper. The war years are depicted in black and white as the son's search continues in color. The theme is a familiar one of German's searching for historical truth and dealing with the collective national guilt in the aftermath of World War II.

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family-secrets, investigation, Nazism, suicide, veteran [military]