Discussion in 'World War 2' started by spidge, Apr 5, 2008.
I love Hogan's Heroes!(well...I guess my username and avatar says it all)
Same here Christan,Hogans heroes is fab and C/K is one of my favs on thee show.
Yes,this refershes my memory,i have seen it befor,but long time ago,a graet movie.
I knowe another war movie- Emeny at thee gates! Thates another greta one.
If anyone has already mention this,im sorry.
I watch mainly holocaust related films and The Pianist and Schindler's List are the two best films ever produced on the topic, so sentimental and incredibly touching!
band of brothers deserves a mention in my mind. while long (10 hours i believe) i watched it all the way through in one sitting lol
forgot to mention but as far as holocaust movies the pianist tops the list. its not cheery or uplifting its cold hard and depressing like it should be. the scene where they push the wheelchair bound man out the window will always stick in my mind
Saving Private Ryan, Schindlers List, The Pianist, A Bridge Too Far, and A Boy in Striped Pajamas. Not in any order, Though.
Also forgot to list Band of Brothers, and The Pacific. Two very well acted and directed series. Very Historically accurate as well,
It is by far saving private Ryan, this film portraits the frustrations many parents were facing at the peak of WW2 and also the bravery of the soldiers fighting in WW2. However, it shows why many young men and women had to go to war or many of us would not be here.
I've seen quite a few war movies (both in Russian and English). I really enjoy seeing the different ways directors tell the stories. Of course, no matter how graphic and/or harrowing the movies are, they will be nowhere near how horrifying the real events were.
Anyway, these are my favourite war movies to this date:
Air: I haven't seen too many war movies about pilots, but one that comes to my mind is Flyboys starring James Franco. I thought it was really interesting how they showed the first fighter pilots for France during WWI. I thought it was realistic without being too gruesome in the depiction of the war.
Land: Quite a few... despite the historical inaccuracies, I did like Enemy at the Gates. Saving Private Ryan was very realistic and tear-jerking, and I liked how Miracle at St. Anna showed how the black American troops were discriminated by both sides during WWII, yet they fought hard like anyone else. I also like how they showed that not all of the Germans were bloodthirsty animals; a lot of them actually were weary of fighting and wished for the war to end. You see that in the example of the one German soldier who misses his family and comforts himself by reading poetry.
I'll have to say that my favourite land war movies are the ones given by Russians.
Fortress of War captivated me and horrified me at the same time. I don't think any war movie has had such an effect on me as this one. You feel like you're there, witnessing the atrocities of the Germans during the first attacks on the Soviet Union during the month of June in 1941. You keep hoping for them to survive, and you get the sense of hopelessness and despair similar to what the characters are feeling. It is incredibly depressing and incredibly realistic, but one that you'll never forget.
The Dawns Here Are Quiet is another movie that affected me emotionally. Although it didn't affect me as much as Fortress of War, you get the sense of hopelessness and are hoping for the characters to survive. You get attached to them, and it is painful as you witness them all being killed one by one. However, you get a feeling of deep respect as you see these women fight for their lives, their loved ones, and their country. They were soldiers, and they fought well.
Sea: Although it's not restricted to the sea along, the Russian movie Admiral does a pretty good job of demonstrating the overthrow of Imperial Russia by the communist regime. We see the desperation of the nobles as they try to survive in a country that has turned against them. It was a very good movie. Sad, but good.
Although it's more of a political and historical movie than it is a war movie, I really liked the German movie Sophie Scholl: The Final Days. It's a movie that revolves around the authors of the White Rose leaflets, who spoke against the Nazis from June 1942 to February 1943. You listen to these brave souls stand trial for voicing their opinions. They knew that Hitler would lose the war and they witnessed the atrocities done by the Nazis. They chose to fight with words, which is one of the most powerful weapons one can choose when in war. I think it goes without saying: "The pen is mightier than the sword."
Sorry about that. I just realized that a couple of the titles I listed are WWI movies. I guess in my writing, I forgot that this was only for WWII movies. My apologies.
Noel Coward's "In Which We Serve" was so important to British morale during WWII, it almost defies being categorized as a "Sea" movie. It also helped reconcile people in the US to the fact that, sooner or later, they would have to get involved as well.
It wasn't just a magnificently produced and acted movie; it was also a magnificent and important bit of propaganda--and I use the term in a positive sense!--for the Allied nations.
Another important WWII movie was actually post-war: "The Best Years of Our Lives." Robert Sherwood's screenplay and original story beautifully represented the troubles of the retuning vets in post-war America.
I loved Valkyrie...I like the fact that this movie has shown this war from the inner workings of the SS army and that there was dissention among the ranks there as well. These guys knew that there problems with Hitler's plan and were courageous enough to stand up for what they believed in, even though they knew that it could cost them their lives. Even though the attack was unsuccesful, it speaks volumes of the characters of the people who tried to stop this tragedy before the Germans were finally defeated.
On a slight tangent, I have just seen The Reader, where it is not a war film per se, it does capture the emotions and experiences of people caught up in war and the nationalistic fervour to serve.
Very thought provoking.
I was looking through the first 2 pages and was like, "Oy! Why isn't SPR mentioned?" LOL!
I have one that is my all time favorite. Windtalkers. It is a 2002 film about how the Navajo language was used as an unbreakable code. I like this movie not only for the history but for the use of language. Navajo is a beautiful language and i think not enough credit is give to the Native Americans who helped us in WWII.
A great air movie is "The Flight of the Memphis Belle" which recreates just one US daylight bombing raid over Germany and captures the atmosphere very well. I'd like to see a similar one with a British night raid.
Classics featuring special missions like "The Guns of Navarone" or"Where Eagles Dare" are also unmissable when they get repeated on the TV, even it is for the millionth time.
Schindler's List is one of the best films set in World War II. The realistic portrayal of the life of Jews in Poland and in death camps is laudable. I also like Saving Private Ryan and Pearl Harbor.
I was astounded by Ralph Fiennes' acting in Schindler's List. It is my all time favorite WW2 movie.
Letters from Iwo Jima was another excellent movie. I liked it partially because it tells the story from a Japanese (Axis) perspective, which is quite rare for most of the WW2 movies.
I liked The Bridge on the River Kwai, although the movie was released long back. Gallipoli, an Australian movie is also one of my favorites.
Springtime for Hitler
I have a few favorites:
Saving Private Ryan
Bridge over River Kwai
The Sound of Music
Air: Memphis Belle, Midway
Land: Das Boot, The Great Escape
Sea: When We Were Soldiers, Guns of Navarone
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