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August 24, 2016

Anthropoid — the movie, now showing in a few select theaters

Filed under: Germany, movies, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 11:47 am

There is a new movie, about the story of Reinhard Heinrich, which I am dying to see, but it is not showing in any of the theaters anywhere near me. The movie is based on Operation Anthropoid, a famous historical event that took place years ago.

Reinhard Heydrichh is the man in the middle

Reinhard Heydrich is the man in the center

Reinhard Heydrich was noted for having a feminine type body with hips wider than his shoulders, as depicted in the photo above.

Heydrich is also noted for having had two girlfriends at the same time, and for getting one of them pregnant, then refusing to marry her. However, none of this is pointed out in the movie. Would it have killed the producer of this movie to have included a little bit of human interest?

You can read a review of the movie at

The following quote is from the review, cited above:

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The events [in the movie] take place in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia in the early 1940s. As students of World War II should know—well, as anyone should know, really, but let’s not get into that—Czechoslovakia was for all intents and purposes handed over to Germany in 1939, which gave Hitler access to a wealth of natural resources and manufacturing power to fuel the German war machine which then went on to conquer Poland and put the Second World War into active motion.

The SS was terribly efficient in quashing the Czechoslovakian resistance movement, but a Czech government in absentia kept up the effort, and in late 1941 it flew a plane from England and dispatched parachutists to drop outside of Prague, where they were to begin a daring and divisive mission.

The movie begins by following two parachutists, Jan (Jamie Dornan) and Josef (Cillian Murphy). Josef cuts his foot badly on the way down and needs some stitching up. Contemporary movies like to signal their integrity and/or authenticity by including graphic scenes depicting the suturing of icky wounds, and this one is no exception.

The duo’s bad luck continues, as they are sniffed out and then nearly sold out by a couple of quasi-quisling farm folk. And then, once they get to Prague and make their contacts, the remnants of the Czechoslovakian resistance with whom they have to work are in large part appalled by the mission they’ve come to carry out.

That is, the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, engineer of the Final Solution and the iron fist personally dispatched by Hitler to crush resistance, a man nicknamed “the Butcher of Prague.” 

Local resistance leader Ladislav (Marcin Dorocinski) balks, while suitably avuncular cohort “Uncle” Hajsky (Toby Jones) counsels cooperation. Jan and Josef shack up with a local family, establish covers in part by romancing a couple of local women, and start doing recon to determine the pattern of Heydrich’s comings and goings.

So here’s where the spoiler question comes in: do these heroes pull it off? Well, the answer to that is part of the historical record, and yet, who knows. Some folks might want to go into this movie blind, or semi-blind, or what have you. For myself, I found the picture a frustrating experience. It is cast with largely British actors, which is fine, but it does not follow what I now consider the anachronistic convention of having them speak with their native accents; rather, Ellis makes the performers speak English in heavy Czech, or “Czech” accents—I don’t have the ear to make a pronouncement as to how accurate they are, although all the actors are dedicated and expert professionals. In any event, this strategy kind of made me yearn for the anachronistic practice, which at least had a kind of inherent consistency. I also found the movie’s style off-putting. It’s shot in widescreen format, about a 2.35 ratio, but almost all of the shots are handheld. A lot of the time the experience of the movie is like looking at a very long wobbly rectangle, and the frequently abrupt cutting doesn’t help. The tighter the aspect ratio, the more effective the hand-held, or simulated hand-held, camerawork is, I’ve found. The movie’s scenario also trucks in a variety of clichés. And, near the end, at least one mistaken, overstated metaphor.

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When I visited Prague, years ago, I took a guided tour, which included a stop at the hairpin curve where Heydrich’s car was forced to slow down. He was fatally wounded on this corner, but not before he jumped out of the car and began firing his gun.

The hairpin turn where Heydrich was ambused, his car can be seen on the left.jpg

The photo above shows the hairpin turn where Heydrich’s car was forced to slow down; this is where he was fatally wounded. This is what the curve looks like today.

To some people, Heydrich is a hero, but to others, he can never be a hero because of the way that he treated women. Getting a girl pregnant, and then not marrying her, was unknown in Germany back then.


  1. Is it going to be released in more theaters?

    Comment by Cindy Hughes — August 26, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

    • I don’t know if the movie Anthropoid will be released in more theaters, but I suspect that it will. This is a movie that will appeal to very few people, so they apparently do not have many copies of the film.

      Comment by furtherglory — August 27, 2016 @ 6:40 am

      • FG. Who’s Jay Sukulow? I get emails from his outfit ,” ACLJ”.
        From what I gather he’s a Jew,but it’s some kind of Jew religion that recognizes Christ as a Jew . Is that something the Jews do to misdirect people.
        That kind of reminds me of Satanism. Those fools say they don’t believe in anything. The reason they put on their show,is because they live their lives according to what satan “stands for”.
        The only true philosophy in that direction would be Alester Crowley’s,”Thelema”.
        The Jews coming up with that kind of religion where they acknowledge Christ as being a Jew,is just misdirection to me.
        This fella who has that ACLJ outfit,still seems to me like he’s banging the drum for the Jews . There’s a story in his site about how they’re trying to get this Pakistani mother of 5 off death row in Pakistan . She’s on death row,cause she’s a Christian .
        I’m not convinced this Jay fella gives a shit about Christians . There’s more shit about Jews on his site,than any other religion. He’s got an article about how our state department is trying to get “Yahoo” ( I don’t know how his last name is spelled. He’s PM for Israel ) kicked out of office,by making sure he’s not elected again.

        He’s going on about how Palestine is practicing genocide against Israel . He’s got some article on there about how anti Semitic feelings,are going ape shit in the world today. He’s got a article on his site . He’s going off on how IsIs is winning the war on terror.
        Hey. There’s a lot of injustice in this country,yet he don’t seem to give 2 shits about that

        Comment by Tim — August 27, 2016 @ 8:39 am

  2. I wonder if any film maker is going to do a movie on the post 1945 mass murder of German civilians ? The city of Prague was majority German until 1850 .

    Comment by peter — August 25, 2016 @ 11:06 am

    • In the video, Benes says;- “And without compromise, we need to liquidate Germans in the Czech lands and Hungarians in Slovakia.

      But we’ve always been told by the holocaust proponents that “liquidate” means exterminate, therefore Benes must be calling for the genocide of Germans and Hungarians within the post-war borders of Czechoslovakia. ( I don’t think so – he’s actually calling for the expulsion of these groups of people, and the complete dismantling of German and Hungarian political, economic, social and cultural structures within the country.

      Comment by Talbot — August 25, 2016 @ 2:38 pm

      • “In the video, Benes says;- “And without compromise, we need to liquidate Germans in the Czech lands and Hungarians in Slovakia.”

        Rhetoric, most likely. The Czechs did in fact murder ethnic Germans but nothing on the scale of what the Germans did in Poland and the USSR.

        Comment by Jeff K. — August 25, 2016 @ 2:52 pm

    • Pete. Why would they make a film out of that? They can’t get any mileage out of it. These are the same assholes that want to put a 100 plus year old lady on trial,just because she was a secretary at a nazi prison camp. They ain’t gonna give a shit about the genocide of German folks

      Comment by Tim — August 27, 2016 @ 8:44 am

  3. What about Lebensborn? I thought the SS guys were knocking these gals up and then leaving
    I understand when the kids were born,they were adopted by suitable families.
    Whatever the facts were here,these guys were still leaving these gals after they got pregnant.

    Comment by Tim — August 25, 2016 @ 10:21 am

    • You wrote: “What about Lebensborn? I thought the SS guys were knocking these gals up and then leaving”

      The SS men were encouraged to get girls pregnant, but they were not required to marry them. The children were then adopted by married couples. I wrote about this on this blog post:

      Comment by furtherglory — August 25, 2016 @ 11:06 am

  4. Heydrich died on June 4th, 1942. He seemed to get better but went into a coma on June 2nd and never woke up.

    Comment by Jeff K. — August 24, 2016 @ 12:08 pm

  5. “When I visited Prague, years ago, I took a guided tour, which included a stop at the corner where Heydrich’s car was forced to slow down. He was killed on this corner, but not before he jumped out of the car and began firing his gun.”

    Technically he was fatally wounded on the corner, he died a few days later in the hospital due to infection. I think the grenade blast fatally ruptured his spleen and the infection was caused by the upholstery, grenade fragments and horse hair (from inside the upholstery) lodged inside his body.

    Comment by Jeff K. — August 24, 2016 @ 12:03 pm

    • You wrote: “Technically he was fatally wounded on the corner, he died a few days later in the hospital due to infection.”

      You are correct. I wrote that he was killed, but I have corrected it to say that he was fatally wounded.

      I have also added a photo of the hairpin turn where his car was forced to slow down.

      Comment by furtherglory — August 24, 2016 @ 1:58 pm

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