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Post by Wolfkin » 21 Sep 2002 07:23

About the haircuts...

Look at any WWII books with pictures of German soldiers, like the many Concord books, and you will see how their hair was cut. It was usually cut short, almost shaved, at the SIDES and BACK, while fairly long at the TOP. Not the skinhead style as what appears in the movie.

Check this link, it describes German Army haircuts:

http://members.shaw.ca/deutschesoldaten/customs.htm

Cheers,

Wolfkin

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Post by Daniel L » 21 Sep 2002 10:43

Good page Wolfkin, very interesting that re-enactors pay such attention to those details.

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Post by POW » 22 Sep 2002 11:39

Wolfkin wrote:About the haircuts...

Look at any WWII books with pictures of German soldiers, like the many Concord books, and you will see how their hair was cut. It was usually cut short, almost shaved, at the SIDES and BACK, while fairly long at the TOP. Not the skinhead style as what appears in the movie.

Check this link, it describes German Army haircuts:

http://members.shaw.ca/deutschesoldaten/customs.htm

Cheers,

Wolfkin

Maybe Spielberg liked to let the audience associate Skinheads with soldiers of the German Wehrmacht?

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Post by Marcus » 22 Sep 2002 11:41

POW wrote:Maybe Spielberg liked to let the audience associate Skinheads with soldiers of the German Wehrmacht?


And that is of course the most likely explenation?

/Marcus

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Post by Daniel L » 22 Sep 2002 11:46

No, it was because he used soldiers doing their military service as soldiers.

Actually it's quite funny that neo-nazis are skinheads since concentration camp prisoners and collaborators were the ones who got their head shaved.

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Post by POW » 22 Sep 2002 11:50

Marcus Wendel wrote:
POW wrote:Maybe Spielberg liked to let the audience associate Skinheads with soldiers of the German Wehrmacht?


And that is of course the most likely explenation?

/Marcus

You allways answer to a question with a counter-question?

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Post by Marcus » 22 Sep 2002 11:51

POW wrote:
Marcus Wendel wrote:
POW wrote:Maybe Spielberg liked to let the audience associate Skinheads with soldiers of the German Wehrmacht?

And that is of course the most likely explenation?
/Marcus

You allways answer to a question with a counter-question?


No.

/Marcus

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Post by POW » 22 Sep 2002 11:59

Marcus Wendel wrote:
POW wrote:
Marcus Wendel wrote:
POW wrote:Maybe Spielberg liked to let the audience associate Skinheads with soldiers of the German Wehrmacht?

And that is of course the most likely explenation?
/Marcus

You allways answer to a question with a counter-question?


No.

/Marcus

Good. :?

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Post by Marcus » 22 Sep 2002 17:28

You didn't answer my question.

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Post by POW » 22 Sep 2002 17:52

Marcus Wendel wrote:You didn't answer my question.

/Marcus

Correct. :|

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Post by Marcus » 22 Sep 2002 17:54

POW wrote:
Marcus Wendel wrote:You didn't answer my question.

/Marcus

Correct. :|


Why not?

/Marcus

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Post by POW » 22 Sep 2002 18:00

Because you din't answered my question either. That is not a foundation for a discussion i.m.h.o.

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Post by Marcus » 22 Sep 2002 20:11

POW wrote:Because you din't answered my question either.


Have you asked me a question?

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Post by Dwight Pruitt » 23 Sep 2002 05:27

In my not so humble opinion, SPR is a very good, but not perfect war movie. I don't think there ever was a perfect war movie. From the BMP's in the background in "Stalingrad", Odd Ball's paint shells in Kelly's Heroes to the haircuts in SPR, historical innaccuracies occur for whatever reason.

SPR is not, and was never intended to be a documentary. Many surviving vets who happened to participate in the great Allied tour of 44-45 are satisfied, and that is good enough for me at least. All of us history nerds can argue amongst ourselves whether Upham's leggings are laced correctly or if the SS were in Normandy at that time or not. To the great majority of movie audiences those details mean very little-like it or not, they are there to be entertained. IMO, SPR did do something very well. It reminded a generation -more interested in McDonald's and Snoop Doggy Dog- what their grandfathers went through, and it reminded them why most of them went to their graves unable to really speak of what they went through.

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Post by POW » 23 Sep 2002 14:27

Marcus Wendel wrote:Have you asked me a question?

/Marcus

Yes I did and I'll repeat em for you:
Is it possible that Spielberg liked to let the audience associate Skinheads with soldiers of the German Wehrmacht? Germans - then and now:
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