Die Welle (The Wave, Germany ) | The Case for Global Film
Die Welle has received good coverage in the UK media for what is a 'specialised release' in the UK (i.e. only a few prints on release). However. Rat Pack Film Production GMBH/Constantin Film Production/Newscom down the barrel of a gun in director Dennis Gansel's film, 'The Wave. relationship with his wife, to the growing realization that The Wave may be. Firstly, it is of interest to note that Die Welle is not Gansel's first film to deal with German history and The Relationship between Die Welle and German History.
The students decide among themselves they need a name, deciding on "Die Welle" The Wave. Karo suggests another name, which ends up with one single vote cast by herself. The group is shown to grow closer and the bully Simon is shown to reform, protecting a classmate from other bullies. He also creates a distinctive salute for the group.
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Karo and Mona protest the actions of the group, and Mona, disgusted with how her classmates are embracing fascism, leaves the project group.
The other classmates don't see her departure as a connection with fascism and continue attending. The members of The Wave begin spray-painting their logo around town at night, having parties where only Wave members are allowed to attend, and ostracizing and tormenting anyone not in their group. Tim becomes very attached to the group, having finally become an accepted member of a social group. He burns his brand clothes, after a discussion about how large corporations do not take responsibility for their actions.
A pair of punks start a fight with Tim, but he is saved by Bomber and Sinan and starts to bond with them. When Tim and his group of new friends are confronted by a group of angry punks including those that Tim faced previouslyTim pulls a Walther PP pistol, causing them to back down. Tim explains to his shocked friends that the pistol only fires blanks.
Tim later shows up at Wenger's house, offering to be his bodyguard.
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Wenger declines his offer but invites Tim in for dinner. This puts further strain on Wenger's already tense relationship with his wife, Anke, who thinks his experiment has gone too far. Wenger finally ejects Tim from his house, only to find in the morning that the boy had slept on his doorstep.
Anke is upset upon learning of this, and tells Wenger to stop the experiment immediately. He accuses her of being jealous and insults her dependency on pills to be able to show up to work.The Wave - Official Trailer
Shocked, she leaves him, saying The Wave has made him a bad person. Karo continues her opposition to The Wave, earning the anger of many in the group, who ask her boyfriend, Marco, to do something about it. A water polo competition is due that day, and Wenger asks The Wave to show up in support of the team.
Karo and Mona, denied entry to the competition by members of The Wave, sneak in another way to distribute anti-Wave fliers. Members of The Wave notice this and scramble to retrieve the papers before anybody reads them. In the chaos, Sinan starts a fight with an opposing team member, the two almost drowning each other. Members of The Wave in the stands begin to violently shove one another. After the match, Marco confronts Karo and accuses her of causing the fight.
She replies that The Wave has brainwashed him completely, and he slaps Karo, causing her to get a nosebleed. Unsettled by his own behavior, Marco approaches Wenger and asks him to stop the project. Wenger agrees and calls a meeting of all The Wave members for the following day in the school's auditorium. Once in the meeting, Wenger has the doors locked and begins whipping the students into a fervor.
When Marco protests, Wenger calls him a traitor and orders the students to bring him to the stage for punishment. Wenger uses this to force the students to see how extreme the Wave has become. Wenger declares he is disbanding the Wave, but Dennis argues that they should try to salvage the good parts of the movement. Wenger points out that there is no way to remove the negative elements from fascism. Tim draws a gun and refuses to accept the Wave is over, fearing that he will once more be lonely and states that the Wave is his life.
When Bomber says the gun only fires blanks, Tim shoots him to prove the pistol has live rounds. Wenger tries to calm Tim, who is now aiming the gun at him.
When Tim demands why he shouldn't shoot Wenger too, Wenger says that without him, there would be no one to lead The Wave. Tim abruptly shoots himself instead, preferring to commit suicide rather than go on living without The Wave.
Wenger cradles his corpse and looks helplessly at his now traumatized students. The film ends with Wenger being arrested by the police and driven away, Bomber being taken away to the hospital, and Marco and Karo being re-united. The final images show Wenger in the back of a police car, staring into the camera overcome with distress. Background[ edit ] The Wave is not the only movie to convert a social experiment conducted in the United States into a fictionalized plot. Gansel's Wave is based on teacher Ron Jones's "Third Wave" experimentwhich took place at a Californian school in Because his students did not understand how something like national socialism could even happen, he founded a totalitarianstrictly-organized "movement" with harsh punishments that was led by him autocratically.
The intricate sense of community led to a wave of enthusiasm not only from his own students, but also from students from other classes who joined the program later. Jones later admitted to having enjoyed having his students as followers. To eliminate the upcoming momentum, Jones aborted the project on the fifth day and showed the students the parallels towards the Nazi youth movements.
In the same year, Morton Rhue published his book "The Wave", which was published in Germany in and has since enjoyed great success as a school literature text.
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It has sold a total of over 2. The rights to the story which belonged to Sony were given over to Dennis Gansel for the production of a German movie.
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The screenplay moves the experiment, which was carried out in California in the s, to present day Germany. The specific location is never mentioned explicitly as it stands for Germany as a whole. First, amongst all the Americanisation, what is distinctive about German popular culture, since we see it so rarely? I gleaned a couple of things. In the play with types it is important that one sympathetic character is a rather good-looking young Turk and another character is identified as an Ossi.
I always think of the famous water polo match between Hungary and the USSR in recently the subject of a Joe Esterhazy-scripted movie as being an indicator of a different sports outlook in Central Europe. Summer, lakes and forests take me back to the German textbook we had at school for O Level.
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The second interesting aspect of the film is, of course, how it deals with fascism. Here the film is quite astute. There are aspects of fascism which are not just attractive, but seemingly morally pure — the possibility of inclusivity, the eradication of differences caused by wealth etc. The teacher uses these aspects to draw in students.
One visual signifier of this is the uniform.
The whole uniform scenario works very well — not least because it is so visual, but also, in a UK context, because the return of uniforms happened a long time ago and it will be interesting to see what UK teens think of the film in this respect. The revelation of the evils of fascism is much more effective when it can be seen to be seductive and reasonable as well.