The Miracle of Bern.
By The West Terrace.
Sunday 08 Mar 2009 16:22:00
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The Miracle of Bern.

Das Wunder von Bern or The Miracle of Bern was released in the UK in July 2004. The film has three stories rolled into one. A love story between a young sports reporter and his new wife and a father trying to adjust to normal family life having spent the last 11 years in Russia. These are played out to the back drop of the 1954 World Cup held in Switzerland.

The film depicts the turning point in post War Germany, a country still suffering the humiliation of defeat. A nation who's self belief had all but disappeared. We follow the German national team who take on the "Magnificent Magyars", the Hungarian national team who, barring the '54 World cup final, amassed a remarkable record of 43 victories, 7 ties, and no defeats from the 15th of June 1952 to the end of its historic unbeaten run on February 18th 1956.

For many Germans the victory gave them pride back in their Nation and help heal the pain of WWII. Older Germans can tell you exactly what they were doing for those 90 minutes as Germany took on Hungary in the final.

The film has English sub titles and they actually tried to create the exact way the goals were scored in the finals. (My DVD had extra's on which showed hi-lights of the game.)

©2008 The West Terrace

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