Red Storm Over the Village: Frisians in Peril


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Few political films made during the Third Reich were distributed by the Goebbels Propaganda Ministry. Peter Hagen’s Friesennot (Frisians in Peril) was awarded that distinction in 1935. Now titled Red Storm Over the Village: Frisians in Peril, the film dramatizes the plight of peaceful Germans who lived in an isolated village on the Volga for gen- erations. Their bucolic existence is shattered by the invasion of the Red Army. A brutal Red Guard rapes and kills a village girl. Then, when drunken troops desecrate the village’s house of worship, the outraged Germans revolt. Multiple special features. DVD, 96 minutes, English subtitles, #1002, $30. (NTSC Region 0 encoding—entire world.)