~Folker Bohnet, Fritz Wepper, Michael Hinz, Frank Glaubrecht, Karl Michael Balzer, Volker Lechtenbrink
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- New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- New interview with writer Gregor Dorfmeister, on whose autobiographical novel the film is based
- New interview with filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff about the film's impact on German cinema
- Interview from 1989 with director Bernhard Wicki
- Excerpt from a 2007 documentary by Elisabeth Wicki-Endriss, Wicki's wife, featuring test reel footage from the shoot
- PLUS: An essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty
The astonishing The Bridge, by Bernhard Wicki (The Longest Day), was the first major antiwar film to come out of Germany after World War II, as well as the nation's first postwar film to be widely shown internationally, even securing an Oscar nomination. Set near the end of the war, it follows a group of teenage boys in a small town as they contend with everyday matters like school, girls, and parents, before enlisting as soldiers and being forced to defend their home turf in a confused, terrifying battle. This expressively shot, emotionally bruising drama dared to humanize young German soldiers at a historically tender moment, and proved influential for the coming generation of New German Cinema auteurs.
|Official Release Date||Jun 23, 2015|
|Starring||Folker Bohnet, Fritz Wepper, Michael Hinz, Frank Glaubrecht, Karl Michael Balzer, Volker Lechtenbrink|
|Running Time||103 Minutes|
Restricted - Viewers younger than 17 require accompaniment of a parent or adult guardian.