Wave, The

Synopsis
Film dramatisation, transposed to modern-day Germany, of an actual experiment in which American high school teacher Ron Jones attempted to engage his students in politics, by taking the controversial decision to turn the classroom into a Nazi-style dictatorship. But what starts out as an innocent social experiment ends in tragedy when the roots of fascism begin to take hold of the students. Before long, notions of discipline and community give way to more sinister methods of intimidation and violence as the movement grows in power. Can the teacher quell the wave before it engulfs the entire school? Based on actual events, THE WAVE is a gripping drama that delves deep into the fascist mindset, exposing all its flaws and contradictions through the characters’ newly-adopted behaviours and attitudes.

DVD extras: making-of trailer
Language
German (Standard) (German with English subtitles)
Country
Germany
Year of release
2008
Year of production
2008
Notes
A talk by Ron Jones who ran the actual experiment is available for sale on DVD from Jones/Kirksen-Molloy Productions (http://www.outspokenideas.com/html/the_wave.html)
Subjects
Psychology
Keywords
conformity; Fascism; Nazi Germany; obedience; group dynamics

Credits

Director
Dennis Gansel
Cast
Jurgen Vogel 

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£17.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
107 minutes
Year
2009

Distributor

Name

Momentum Pictures Home Entertainment

Email
publicity@momentumpictures.co.uk
Web
http://www.momentumpictures.com External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7391 6900
Fax
020 7383 0404
Address
Second Floor
184-192 Drummond Street
London
NW1 3HP
 

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