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After the last samurai again I am impressed by Tom Cruise in Valkyrie. This film is based on the real historic evidence “German Resistance”. Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg was alive again in Tom Cruise. If you’ve any interest about Hitler and Nazi please see this film. Here is the plot:
During World War II, Wehrmacht Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Cruise) is serving with the 10th Panzer Division in Tunisia. A pair of British P-40 Warhawk fighters strafe the Germans, during which Stauffenberg is wounded, and is later evacuated home to Nazi Germany. Meanwhile, Major General Henning von Tresckow (Branagh) attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler by smuggling a bomb aboard the Führer’s private airplane. The bomb, however, fails to detonate and Tresckow safely retrieves it to conceal his intentions. After learning that the Gestapo has arrested Major Hans Oster, he orders General Olbricht (Nighy) to find a replacement. After recruiting von Stauffenberg into the German Resistance, Olbricht delivers von Stauffenberg to a meeting of the secret committee which has coordinated previous attempts on Hitler’s life. The members include General Ludwig Beck (Stamp), Dr. Carl Goerdeler (McNally), and Erwin von Witzleben (Schofield). The Colonel is stunned to learn that no plans exist for after Hitler’s assassination.
After a bombing raid on Berlin, he lights upon using the plan Operation Valkyrie, which involves the deployment of the Reserve Army to maintain order in the event of a national emergency. The plotters carefully redraft the plan so that they can dismantle the Nazi regime after assassinating Hitler, by overthrowing the SS and imprisoning Hitler’s closest advisors. Realizing that only General Fromm (Wilkinson), the head of the Reserve Army, can initiate Valkyrie, they offer him a position as head of the Wehrmacht in a Post-Nazi Germany and recruit him into the fold: however, Fromm initially refuses. With the rewritten plan needing to be signed off by Hitler (Bamber) himself, von Stauffenberg visits the Führer at his Berghof estate in Bavaria. In the presence of his inner circle, Hitler praises von Stauffenberg’s heroism in North Africa and signs off on the plan without fully examining the modifications.
At Goerdeler’s insistence, von Stauffenberg is ordered to assassinate both Hitler and SS head Himmler at the Wolf’s Lair bunker. At a final briefing, Colonel Mertz von Quirnheim (Berkel) instructs the committee members in how to use pencil detonators. Von Stauffenberg also reaches out to General Fellgiebel (Izzard), who controls all communications at Wolf’s Lair, to cut off communications after the bomb blast. On July 15, 1944, von Stauffenberg attends a strategy meeting at Wolf’s Lair with the bomb in his briefcase, but with Himmler not present at the meeting, von Stauffenberg does not get the go-ahead from the committee leaders until the meeting is over. Meanwhile, the Reserve Army is mobilized by Olbricht, unbeknownst to Fromm, to stand by. With no action taken, von Stauffenberg safely extracts himself and the bomb from the bunker, and the Reserve Army is ordered to stand down, believing that the mobilization was training. Enraged, von Stauffenberg goes to the committee to protest the indecisiveness and blames the bungling of Goerdeler, who has been selected to be chancellor after the coup. When Goerdeler demands that von Stauffenberg be relieved, Beck informs him that the SS is searching for him and implores him to leave the country immediately.
On July 20, 1944, von Stauffenberg and his adjutant Lieutenant Haeften (Parker) return to the Wolf’s Lair. To von Stauffenberg’s dismay, he discovers that the conference is being held in an open-window summer barrack, whereas the plotters had intended to detonate the bomb within the walls of the bunker for maximum damage. While his adjuntant waits with a getaway car, von Stauffenberg leaves the briefcase at the meeting. With the bomb armed, von Stauffenberg leaves the barrack (thanks to a diversion caused by Fellgiebel) for the getaway car. When the bomb explodes, von Stauffenberg is certain that Hitler is dead and flees the Wolf’s Lair, bluffing his way past a checkpoint. Before shutting down communications, Fellgiebel calls Mertz about the explosion but cannot clearly convey whether or not the Führer is dead.
As von Stauffenberg flies back to Berlin, Olbricht refuses to mobilize the Reserve Army until he knows without a doubt that Hitler is dead. Behind Olbricht’s back, Mertz forges his signature and issues the orders anyway. With Operation Valkyrie underway, von Stauffenberg and his fellow plotters order the arrest of Nazi party leaders and SS officers and begin to take control of Berlin’s government quarter, which will allow them to command the entire Reich. Rumors reach Berlin that Hitler survived the blast, but von Stauffenberg dismisses them as SS propaganda. Meanwhile, Fromm learns from Field Marshal Keitel that Hitler is still alive. The General refuses to join the plotters, resulting in his arrest. When Hitler reaches the Reserve Army by telephone, the SS officers are released and the plotters in turn are besieged inside the Bendlerblock. The headquarters staff flees, but the ringleaders are arrested. Most are eventually tried and executed, while some commit suicide. Von Stauffenberg shouts “Long live sacred Germany!” before being executed by a firing squad.
Eventually the conspirators came to rely more on Reserve Army in Berlin and other districts to stage a coup against Nazi regime. Olbricht now put forward a new strategy for staging a coup against Hitler. The Reserve Army had an operational plan called Operation Walküre (Valkyrie), which was to be used in the event that the disruption caused by the Allied bombing of German cities caused a breakdown in law and order, or a rising by the millions of slave laborers from occupied countries now being used in German factories. Olbricht suggested that this plan could be used to mobilize the Reserve Army to take control of German cities, disarm the SS and arrest the Nazi leadership, once Hitler had been assassinated. During August and September 1943, Tresckow took long sick leave in Berlin to draft the “revised” Valkyrie plan with fine details and precise time tables. Revised orders and additional proclamations that would pin blame for the uprising on the Nazi party were typed by Tresckow’s wife, Erika, and his secretary, Countess Margarete von Oven, who wore gloves so as not to leave fingerprints.  These 1943 papers were recovered by the Soviets after the war and were finally published in 2007, which showed Tresckow’s central role in the conspiracy and idealistic motivations of the resistance group at that time. Knowledge of Jewish Holocaust was a major impetus for many officers involved. 
German World War II Colonel Von Stauffenberg (left) and actor Tom Cruise (right). Cruise was attracted to the role based on the resemblance of his profile to the colonel’s.
However, when Tresckow was assigned to command of a battalion at the Eastern Front in October 1943, he was no longer in position to actively plan or effect the coup. Colonel Count Claus von Stauffenberg, who met Tresckow in August 1943 and worked together on revising Valkyrie plan, took the responsibility for planning and executing Hitler’s assassination. Even his promotion a month later to Chief of Staff of the Second Army did not bring him much closer. To gain access to Hitler, Tresckow proposed to his old comrade General Rudolf Schmundt, Hitler’s Chief Adjutant and Chief of Army Personnel, to create new department of psychological and political warfare to evaluate data and make reports directly to the Führer. Schmundt, who was still well-disposed to his old friend but came to impression that Tresckow disaproved of Führer, quietly let the matter drop. Tresckow also applied to become General Adolf Heusinger‘s delegate in the Army High Command (OKH) during the latter’s two month leave, which would also give him access to Hitler’s meetings, but Heusinger, who was earlier approached by conspirators, rejected it apparently for the same reason. 
By the time Stauffenberg was appointed Chief of Staff of Reserve Army and was ready to carry out the assassination attempt, the Allies had already landed in Normandy. When Stauffenberg sent a message to Tresckow through Lehndorff to ask whether there was any point in making attempt since there was no practical purpose to be served, Tresckow urged him not only to attempt the assassination but to go ahead with the coup in Berlin even if assassination were to fail. He argued that there must be an overt act of German opposition to Hitler regardless of consequences. He also told Philipp von Boeselager and Margarite von Oven that 16,000 people were being killed daily not as casualties of war but as result of murders perpetrated by the Germans. Hitler had to be killed to put an end to it. A few days before the coup attempt, Tresckow confided to a friend that “in all likelihood everything will go wrong”; asked if the action was necessary nevertheless, he replied, “Yes, even so.”
Please follow this link and you’ll be surprised http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claus_von_Stauffenberg
I am giving this film 4.3 out of 5. Bravo!
After long days I have seen such a good film! It is simply melting my heart and bringing tears. A fabulous masterwork by the director Mark Herman. In November 2008 this film was released in USA.
The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas is originally a novel by Irish novelist John Boyne which was published in 2006. Here is the plot summery from Wikipedia:
This book is about a simple eight-year-old boy named Bruno who liked nothing more than going to school or playing around with his friends. But because of his father’s job, is forced to move from his home in Berlin to Poland, near a concentration camp. From his bedroom window, Bruno spots a fence behind which he sees men in ‘striped pyjamas’. These are Jews, and they are in a Nazi concentration camp. One day his parents come to an agreement that both Bruno and Gretel, his sister, need a tutor for their education, so they hire Herr Liszt. To Bruno, Herr Liszt is the most boring teacher anyone could ever have; he teaches social studies instead of reading and arts, which Bruno prefers. So, in boredom and confusion, Bruno wonders what is going on at "Out-With" and why people are always dressed in striped pyjamas there. One afternoon, he goes exploring, and meets a Jewish boy called Shmuel, a name Bruno has never before heard but that apparently is quite common in the concentration camp. Shmuel soon becomes Bruno’s friend and Bruno visits every afternoon to talk. Bruno is told by Gretel that the people in the striped pajamas on the other side of the fence are Jews and that he and his family are "the opposite".
The story ends with Bruno about to return to the family’s old home in Berlin. As a final adventure, he agrees to dress in a set of striped pyjamas and digs under the fence to help Shmuel find his father, who went missing in the camp. The boys are unable to find him, and just as it starts to rain and get dark, Bruno decides he would like to go home, yet the Nazis in the area of the camp force the boys to go on a march. Neither boy knows where this march will lead. However, they are soon crowded into a gas chamber, and the author leaves the story with Bruno pondering, yet unafraid, in the dark holding hands with Shmuel. "…Despite the chaos that followed, Bruno found that he was still holding Shmuel’s hand in his own and nothing in the world would have persuaded him to let go".
In an epilogue, Bruno’s family spend several hours at their home trying to find Bruno, before his mother and Gretel return to Berlin, only to discover he is not there as they had expected. A year afterwards, his father returns to the spot that the soldiers found Bruno’s clothes (the same spot Bruno spent the last year of his life) and, after a brief inspection, discovers that the fence is not properly attached at the base and can form a gap big enough for a boy of Bruno’s size to fit through. Using this information, his father eventually pieces together what happened to Bruno. Several months later, the Red Army arrives to liberate the camp and orders Bruno’s father to go with them. He goes without complaint, because "he didn’t really care what they did to him anymore".
Mark Herman simply makes this novel into a fantastic screenplay. But what I like most is the Cinematography and Lighting. I can’t forget the last shot where lots of Stripped Pajama was hanging in front of the gas chamber. That was a masterpiece of photography. Also the heartiest salute goes to James Horner for great music.
I am recommending to all you folks to watch this film.
Piracy is a word which is a nightmare to publishers (books, audio, video and software). I am involving both in Internet & Software Industry as well as Media Industry. So I am really in pain about piracy. I am worried about the Audio and Video industry in Bangladesh. Before this write up I have talked over 20 audio/video publishers and producers to hear from them. All are really in pain. Piracy simply eating their profits and sometimes it is eating their own foods! Today I am going to share my ideas against piracy! I think this will be a great help to our aud/vid industry.
As we’ve industry of Audio and Video, so we’re talking about professionals who are involved here. We must save them. But how?
Here is some generic data:
1. Our audio industry releases thousands of Albums (DAT, CD, DVD) in a year. They publish this in traditional ways. For CDs they simply provide a jewel case with CD and a paper case with audio track info and CD. For 95% case this is the common practice.
2. And video industry (DVD/VCD) simply publish them in a jewel case.
My question is why people will buy this thing as they can download them from internet? Or even the pirate store they can have them with almost 3times cheaper than the original price. What is more they’ll have from the original publications?
-Answer: Nothing. But for Audio they can see the Lyric written into the Jewel Case.
Study 1: Few days ago I went to Firm Gate (the huge hub traffic in Dhaka City and also the it has huge quantity of pirate stores for audio/video) and found one store in Footpath who was selling two MP3 CD for 20 taka (about 30cents). That was a great surprise for me. I didn’t know that it was that cheap! Even in my calculation the production cost is almost 20taka! I saw lots of people was buying it. More than 400songs for 20taka. Really cheap! And they don’t know even it is Piracy!
Study 2: Currently Bangladesh has a huge density of cell phone users. And most importantly this cell phone handset market is captured by some none branded Chinese products! Those phones are really cheap and has huge feature which is really amazing. And the bonus feature is: they have multimedia in all senses. So these sets are used as entertainment device. No one is buying a MM3 player nor a CD player now, they simply buy a phone. When they buy it, the shop simply upload lots of music/videos into the cell phone’s MMC. You can find this services even in root level of Bangladesh! Well, we’re in hi-tech! Really!
But still we’ve a industry and we’ve to save the professionals!
Time to shake hand with Fine Art People and Ad Agencies: Our industry is producing Audio-Videos in a generic way. There is no improvisation in packaging. What if they deliver the CD/DVDs in a way so that buyer think they’re purchasing a souvenir or with a value or even sometimes with very little amount of money! I believe that’ll work.
Innovation in Delivering: Ask the fine art guys to create something new for the CD/DVDs. Tell them to make the folder as sculpture so that the CD/DVDs can be delivered as a show-piece. So that consumer can also put that as a piece of art work!
Add Values: Embed some values with the packaging so that consumer can use that values to get more things. It can be a lottery or quiz contest, or a free ticket to an event. For those extra values grab some sponsor who will pay for their promotions. It is not a big deal!
Have Sponsors: Lots of promotional product or companies you’ll find around! Grab some of them to promote themselves with your CD/DVD product. So that you can have some fund to reduce the price.
If you combine my 3 ideas with your publications definitely you can sell more of your product. So fight against piracy is nothing but selling more. That’ll help to restore the industry and can give piece to the professionals in relevant industry.
আমার ইদানিং সময়টা বড় বেয়াড়া। মানে আমি কোন কিছুকে নিয়ন্ত্রণ করতে পারছি না। কেমন যেন ঘোর লাগা ভাব। প্রচুর আড্ডাবাজি করছি, গান শুনছি। অনেকের সাথে দেখা হচ্ছে, দেখা হতে হচ্ছে। শুধু নিজের প্রফেশনাল কাজটা কম হচ্ছে। আমি কি হা হুতাস করব? আমি কিন্তু করছি না। হোক না একটু অন্যরকম।
গত কয়েকদিন থেকে যাও পাখি বল তারে শুনছি।
সোনারো পালঙ্কের ঘরে
লিখে রেখেছিলেম তারে
যাও পাখি বল তারে
সে যেন ভোলে না মোরে
সুখে থেকো ভালো থেকো
মনে রেখ এ আমারে।
বুকের ভেতর নোনা ব্যাথা
চোখে আমার ঝড়ে কথা
এপার ওপার তোলপাড় একা
যাও পাখি বল তারে
সে যেন ভোলে না মোরে….
মেঘের ওপর আকাশ ওরে
নদীর ওপার পাখির বাসা
মনে বন্ধু বড় আশা।
যাও পাখি যারে উড়ে
তারে কইয়ো আমার হয়ে
চোখ জ্বলে যায় দেখব তারে
মন চলে যায় অদূর দূরে
যাও পাখি বলো তারে
সে যেন ভোলে না মোরে..
সোনারো পালঙ্কের ঘরে
লিখে রেখেছিলেম নারে
যাও পাখি বল তারে
সে যেন ভোলে না মোরে
সুখে থেকো ভালো থেকো
মনে রেখ এ আমারে।
মনের আনন্দে শুনছি। এখনো বিরক্ত লাগছে গানটার উপর। এই লেখাটা শুরু করেছিলাম ৩দিন আগে। আজকে শেষ করছি। ৩দিন আগে ঘোর লাগা ভালোবাসায় শুরু করেছিলাম, আজকে ঘোর নেই তাই শেষ করব। এখন এই যে সুন্দর সকাল, এখন আমার মন শান্ত তাই আমি জানি আমি অনেক গভীর প্রেমে আছি। এই প্রেম ঘোরের প্রেম নয়, জীবন বোধের প্রেম। জীবন নিয়ে আমার পরীক্ষা করার সময় আর নেই।
আমার বন্ধু মুনেম ওয়াসিফ আমার ব্লগিং নিয়ে খুবি বিরক্ত। মুনেম আমি এইগুলান বস্তুই ব্লগে লিখি। এটা আমার এক ধরনের আশ্রয়। এই আশ্রয়টুকু আমার দরকার। আমার প্রতিভা অনেক কম ভাই।
My own believe start when I read Eric Von Daniken for the first time. The time when I was just 14. Well it kind of long journey; but I have started and started to believe it. After meeting X-Files TV series I was the mad one. Didn’t miss a single episode. Then in my university life: purchased all 9seasons in DVD and started it again.
This believe brought my best friend:
I started to read and study these things alone. In 2001 I met Shaju (Famous drummer in Bangladesh, Member of famous band: Artcell) who is a great Daniken freak! We have started with a common interest. This particular phenomenon made him my best friend. Still he is my best friend.
When I start X-Files re viewing, that vary time the first movie Fight The Future was released. Still you can find this move in my DVD player ready! Well I am kind of freak!
Today I have seen the the new movie trailer in HD mode (link below). Well, the old blood and old passion. But didn’t call Shaju! I am sure he’ll call me. I forgot some other name: Robin and Mouly. These couple are X-Files freak too. They are my firend and X-Colleague :). Guys, I am missing you.
Here is the new movies poster. The X-Files: I Want to Believe.
July 25, 2008
20th Century Fox
Synopsis: David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their roles as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully with this long-delayed big-screen continuation that revives the series six years after it headed off the air in 2002. Creator Chris Carter returns to direct, co-writing the script with series veteran Frank Spotnitz for 20th Century Fox. Billy Connolly, Amanda Peet and rapper Xzibit co-star in the stand-alone sequel. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, All Movie Guide