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World War II Movies / Ken Burns' The War
Topic by: underdog
Posted: September 22, 2007 - 1:28 PM PDT
Last Reply: September 23, 2007 - 7:20 PM PDT

author topic: World War II Movies / Ken Burns' The War
underdog
post #1  on September 22, 2007 - 1:28 PM PDT  
With Ken Burns new mega-series, THE WAR, premiering this weekend, covering WWII from both the American homefront and abroad, and the fact that I've been endlessly working on a WWII themed screenplay of my own, I've been thinking about WWII movies again.

What are some of your favorites and why?

underdog
post #2  on September 22, 2007 - 1:32 PM PDT  
The other night I watched the classic WWII suspense/action film Von Ryan's Express, which had a terrifically suspenseful, memorable climax (with Frank Sinatra running towards the train). Made me think of which WWII films had the most memorable endings.

Letters from Iwo Jima, one of the best of the recent films, had one of the more moving endings.

Another railroad-set WWII actioner,
The Train with Burt Lancaster is also great.

What about the best films from other countries, getting their perspectives on the war?


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underdog
post #3  on September 22, 2007 - 1:34 PM PDT  
Army of Shadows is one of the best films about the resistance in France.

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And what about films from the Latino or African American perspective? Not a ton of choices, especially for the former.
underdog
post #4  on September 23, 2007 - 7:20 PM PDT  

> And what about films from the Latino or African American perspective? Not a ton of choices, especially for the former.
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Okay, The War's on soon. And speaking of the above, what of the controversy about the film's lack of inclusion of stories about Latino soldiers? Burns went back and created new segments for that but they sit by themselves instead of being integrated with the film.

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