We Stand Alone Together

2001

Documentary

4
IMDb Rating 8.6/10 10 2567 2.6K

Director

Top cast

Adolf Hitler as Self - at the Berghof
720p.BLU
716.54 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
NR
us  fr  es  pt  
23.976 fps
1 hr 17 min
Seeds 40

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Pavel-8 10 / 10

A Truly Amazing Story.

"We Stand Alone Together" serves as an epilogue of sorts for the nonpareil mini-series "Band of Brothers." While it is best appreciated having seen "BoB," this sublime piece of work also functions well as a stand-alone (no pun intended) documentary.

Watching "Together" captures the essence of being a young boy, listening at the knee of your grandfather as he relates war stories. If the doc consisted of nothing more than showing the men reminiscing, it would have been great. But overlaying the men's tales is remarkable archival footage of the events they describe, along with a few necessary slides that provide pertinent information. Add this to having watched the described events in "BoB," and one has a more vivid account of WWII than anything one's imagination might invent.

Seeing the former soldiers tell their stories provides a fuller appreciation for what they endured. As phenomenal as "BoB" is, hearing the words straight from the men makes the events more personal, because you know that they have survived both the war and life itself in the aftermath. Perhaps most enlightening of all was learning of the respect that the American soldiers had for the Germans. They understood that the Germans were humans too, just in drastically different circumstances.

The documentary further emphasizes a tagline from "BoB." These were ordinary men doing extraordinary things. Listening to them explain that they simply returned to 'normal' life following the war is almost stunning. The modern soldier is still human, but much more trained and honed, often a professional soldier, leading us to think of them as almost superhuman. Most World War II soldiers were common people, which makes their accomplishments all the more head-shaking.

The documentary is also superb technically. The pacing in particular stands out. Shunning the common modern choices of quick cuts or attention-grabbing music, the film proceeds deliberately with quiet undertones. Consistently using fades in and out of footage and interviews, director Mark Cowen allows time for the viewer to absorb the power of what is said and shown.

Bottom Line: Phenomenal stories of phenomenal people related in a exceptional way. 10 of 10.

Reviewed by rmcan2 10 / 10

Director Mark Cowen's Description of the Interviews as Given to Filmmaking Class

In 2012, I took a filmmaking class with Mark Cowen, who directed the Emmy nominated, "We Stand Alone Together: The Men of Easy Company".

During the class, he described to us what it was like interviewing the veterans of Easy Company. In order to get access to these men, he had to go through the "Biggest Brother", Major Richard "Dick" Winters. Mark said that, even after so many years, Major Winters still commanded the respect of his troops and that they would do what he asked. Major Winters got on the phone and made some calls that went something like this, "This is Winters. I'm sending a man over to interview you. I want you to tell him everything he wants to know" or words to that effect. Mark said that this is the only way he could have gotten access to them and for them to tell their stories for these interviews.

Mark faced a difficult problem before any of the interviews started. How could he make them "open up" to his questions and speak freely about these often painful experiences and memories? He couldn't just go in and say, "Can you tell me what you did during the war". Knowing that these men wouldn't want to talk about themselves he came up with an idea which worked very well. He started each interview by asking, "Who was your best friend during the war? What was he like?" That is how he got these brave men to speak freely and express themselves as openly as they did on camera.

Many of the men Mark interviewed had never told anyone about their combat experiences during the war, not even their families. While relating some of their stories, the brave veterans would sometimes break down and cry. Mark told us he often found himself crying along with them. During one of the interviews, an old veteran slowly came out and sat down. He started speaking about the war and his time with Easy Company. As the camera rolled and the interview progressed, Mark could hear this veteran's family come up from behind to watch and listen to their loved one relate stories of bravery, of death, of friendship and of pain, which they had never heard. When he finished the interview, Mark turned to find not only the veteran's family but also a lot of their neighbors standing there. Some were weeping quietly while others struggled to restrain from sobbing. Scenes like this became common during the interviews he did with these brave, old warriors.

I often think of what Mark Cowen told us that day about his interview for, "We Stand Alone Together: The Men of Easy Company". I wanted to get together with him again to hear more about these interviews but sadly, he passed away shortly thereafter, on September 10, 2012.

Reviewed by dstewart 9 / 10

In a way, this is the eleventh episode of Band of Brothers

One of the things that set Band of Brothers apart from other war- based mini-series was the inclusion of interviews with the actual surviving members of Easy company. This 80 minute (when shown on BBC) programme allows us to get to know the real men behind the story and what they did with their lives after the War. So in a very real sense, this is the 11th episode in the series. The interviews were very moving. Almost 60 years on, the men involved are still very deeply affected by their experiences. Well worth watching. My one small complaint was that I found it difficult to associate the men being interviewed with the characters in the series. It might have been nice if some brief clips had been included, or a photo of the actor had been displayed. But that would probably have detracted from it.

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