A-Z German film titles

sophie scholl die letzten tage, a level german

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Part of a fairly recent tradition of making biopics of the lives of anti-Nazi German heroes (such as Bonhoeffer, 2003) Sophie Scholl-die letzten Tage by Rothemund follows a previous version of her life Die weisse Rose.   Don't confuse them!

Very sparely filmed the work has a horrible air of inevitability about as the young student sibling Sophie and Hans Scholl  type up the tract which they reproduce to post out to chosen recipients throughout the country.   The fateful decision is taken to deposit remaining tracts condemning the Nazi regime at Munich university.

Sophie and Hans are intercepted even before they leave the building and are subjected to questioning which reveals conclusively that they are the culprits;  we do enjoy however Sophie's moral victory over her interrogator who clearly recognizes the truth of what his victim is saying but can't or won't do anything about it.

The film provides a valuable message in pointing out that it is not necessary to give in to a totalitarian state, although it does require the willingness to sacrifice oneself to some degree.   Interestingly, Geschwister Scholl Schule has become the most common school name in Germany, a fitting memorial of an outstanding act of bravery.


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  • Detailed summary of film with verbs gapped (infinitives given)
  • Comprehensive questions on each scene
  • Character study guide with wide range of adjectives


  • Multi-tense practice tool
  • A-factor builds in practice of more complex structures
  • Direct-indirect speech exercise encourages reported speech


  • Matching quotations to themes to prepare for paragraphing
  • Essay planning guide including template
  • Essay plan and sample essay


  • Examplar scenes analysed
  • Scene analysis template


Mark schemes are provided for:

  • the gapped summary
  • character guide
  • multi-tense exercise
  • A-factor
  • direct-indirect speech exercise
  • themes exercise

Answers are NOT given for the questions which are intended to elicit an individual response.


English subtitles

German subtitles

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