CHECK TO SEE IF THE DEFEATED IS BASED ON TRUE EVENTS!
The Defeated is now on Netflix! Continue reading to find out if the series is based on a true story!
The Defeated on Netflix should be the next streaming obsession for anyone who enjoys period dramas, particularly crime dramas set during World War II.
It’s a “gritty dramatic thriller” set in 1946 postwar Berlin. Taylor Kitsch stars as Max McLaughlin, an American cop tasked with apprehending the city’s most wanted criminal, Werner “Engelmacher” Gladow.
However, Max travels to Berlin in search of his missing brother Moritz, who turns out to be an ex-Nazi hunter. The brothers quickly realize they are in the early stages of the Cold War.
The Defeated is a two-season, 16-episode series co-created by Swedish director Mns Mrlind, who previously premiered the American crime series “The Bridge” on FX.
It’s here where you can find out when Season 2 will be released. Otherwise, keep reading to find out if The Defeated is based on a true story!
IS THE DEFEATED BUILT ON A TRUE STORY?
The Defeated series is inspired in part by a true story. Although the series’ scope is fictional, it is unmistakably inspired by historical events and characters.
The Swedish filmmaker was inspired to write the screenplay by the pages of a dark chapter in world history. Mrlind’s initial goal was to tell a story about broken cities and people.
According to the director, parallels can be drawn between Berlin in 1946 and the war in Syria today.
The story is essentially about human nature and conditions at a time when humanity is being pushed to its limits.
He was inspired to create the skeleton by the famous illustrated children’s story “Max and Moritz: A Story of Seven Boyish Pranks.”
The plot centers on two rambunctious American boys and their seven misadventures in Germany.
The story has been adapted visually in graphic novels, dance burlesques, and even a live musical adaptation. The explanation for the end of Season 1 can be found here.
The evil mob boss in the story appears to be based on real-life organized crime boss Werner Gladow, who allegedly founded Berlin’s largest criminal organization in 1948. Gladow, then 17, aspired to become Germany’s, Al Capone.
To prepare for this daunting role, he read many books and watched movies about his favorite role model.
Considering all of these factors, the director has paid close attention to detail to avoid anachronistic errors.
However, The Defeated’s story is grounded in reality by its unwavering pursuit of goodness in the ruins of a civilization.