The Red and The White

Miklos Jancso’s haunting work about the absurdity and evil of war. Set in Central Russia during the Civil War of 1918, the story details the constant shifting of power between the White guards and the Red soldiers, first at an abandoned monastery, and later, at a field hospital. Using the wide-screen technique consisting of very…

Woyzeck

Woyzeck

Georg Buchner?s play, filmed several times before (including a memorable adaptation by Werner Herzog), is brought to the screen again with vivid, chilling results by J?nos Sz?sz…

War Films of the Modern Age

War in the Modern Age

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All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

“This story is neither an accusation nor a confession and, least of all, an adventure because death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped its shells, were destroyed by the war…”

With these opening lines written across the screen, the Oscar-winning Best Picture, “All Quiet on the Western Front” began its spiraling road of death, destruction, futility, and dreams turned into nightmares courtesy of a war that was billed as “the war to end all wars.”

Defiance

  If your heart must pound and grow heavy at the same time, then rise and be glad again, then see Defiance. Written and directed by Edward Zwick, this tells a rare and more than passingly honest tale of resistance and hardship in Nazi-occupied territory on the Eastern front. Adding in excellent performances by Daniel…

Dark Blue World

Running almost ten million dollars in production costs, Dark Blue World is the most expensive Czech film ever made. And it shows. This latest effort by the Sverak father-son team comes off slick and strong, with a rock solid caste, brilliant camera work and compelling story line. But despite all this, it somehow feels wrong…

Napola (Aka Before the Fall)

Napola – Elite fur den Fuhrer  The Napola were the famous Nazi Youth (Napola – Elite fur den Fuhrer), the specially trained teenagers of the Führer. Despite our knowledge of WWII, the film manages to capture the excitement they experienced as Hitler’s soldiers, and provides a very different perspective to what I knew of the…

Flyboys

In 1914, ‘The Great War’ – WWI – began in Europe. By 1917, the Allied powers of France, England, Italy and others were on the ropes against the German juggernaut. While millions of young men were dying overseas, arguing that the freedom of others was none of its business, America chose…at first…not to fight. Some…

We Were Soldiers

Prostitution comes on many levels. It doesn’t necessarily mean the toothless whore playing with your balls while she tries to break your will with phrases like: “Let me suck you, $20.” No, no, no. Such decadent acts can come in forms far more depraved and sick than any cheap, disease-ridden human being. They come in…

Letters From Iwo Jima

Uncommon valor was a common virtue, as we discover in Letters from Iwo Jima (check out the Two-Disc Special Edition), Clint Eastwood’s companion film to his acclaimed Flags of Our Fathers. This time the story of Iwo Jima is told from the perspective of two good friends serving in the Japanese forces, who watch helplessly…

The Good German

Joseph Kanon’s New York Times bestseller is now the basis for the new Warner Bros. film by Steven (Traffic) Soderbergh. Based on the novel by Joseph Kanon, The Good German takes place in the ruins of post-WWII Berlin, where U.S. Army war correspondent Jake Geismar (George Clooney) becomes embroiled with Lena Brandt (Cate Blanchett), a…

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