The war takes place at the front lines, in the occupied cities, but also in secluded places, where the soldiers captured by enemy are kept away until the conflict will end. There were several approaches to the theme of prisoners-of-war camp, f.e. Bridge on the River Kwai, Stalg 17, Rescue Dawn, The Password Is Courage, but Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence is completely different from all of them.
There were many comedies situated on the edge of army, navy or airforce - all you need is someone not suitable to serve in the army and live weapons. Down Periscope is one of those movies that are made for fun only without any deeper meaning.
When politics meet with political correctness young woman has to prove to the whole world that she is as good as the best soldiers in US Army. Sounds like a perfect inspiring story worth talents of such director as Ridley Scott. Unless...
In the era of drones and satellites the watching the action that takes places thousands of miles away or attack target in a country without invading is no longer a problem. But the problem is that someone has to make the final decision and that is a problem as Colonel Katherine Powell realizes during the covert operation in Kenya.
In 1951 the Korean War seemed to be almost over - the North Korea’s offensive that almost wiped out South Korean army took a nasty turn when United Nations have joined the conflict and in September 1950 American forces landed near Inchon. The attack on important logistics centre cut down the morale of North Korean soldiers and forced them to retreat. But when it seemed that North Korea is no longer a threat in December 1950 Communist China decided to step in and again change the balance of the conflict.
Premiere of Saving Private Ryan was a revolution in the genre - before 1998 there were several approaches to war movies, from adventure driven ones (like Operation Burma or Kelly’s Heroes) to documentary-like blockbuster productions (like Midway or Tora Tora Tora), but there was nothing like Saving Private Ryan, nothing so intense, so real, so jaw-dropping and at the same time so terrifying. Steven Spielberg and Janusz Kaminski came up with perfect recipe by decreasing the saturation, adding sharper image and more dynamic camerawork.
Back in the 1950s, 1960s and even 1970s most of the war movies used plastic, styrofoam, wood and metal to create models used to film the fight scenes. Since they had no today technology they had to improvise, but what I simply can’t understand is why they made the movies so mych better than what Hollywood has to offer today?
Poland has a long history of wars devastating the country from Middle Ages to the World War 2, so it is not surprising that many movies made in Poland are linked to wars, especially World War 2. Oblawa (Manhunt) is based on the experiences of veteran of Home Army (Armia Krajowa), resistance organization that operated partisans units in occupied Poland. Son of such veteran made it as a tribute to his father, which is praiseworthy, but as it quite typical for modern times Polish movies there are good ideas, but not much skills involved.
Holland in World War 2 was countries with rather complicated situation - during German occupation people were showing different approaches to the new reality, which lead to personal dramas. There were those, who sympathized with Allies and were helping the resistance, there were those, who supported the Nazi ideas and were actively helping the occupant and there were those, who were ready to compromise their own views and simply survive the horror. In such reality nothing is simple and nothing is obvious - your neighbour can be secret informant for Nazis or Allied agent.
In 1970s Poland was still in the Warsaw Pact, the zone of Soviet influence, which was in a way form of occupation (Soviet army was present in all the countries of Warsaw Pact). This situation combined with repression towards the citizens lead to the birth of Solidarnosc (Solidarity), which in 1981 changed the face of Eastern Europe, and later the whole world.
War movies blog - the best war movies in history (or sometimes the worst). We search the war movies from around the world - not only classic American war movies or British war movies, but also those less known or just less interesting films from other countries. Each of them presents the different face of the war - some concetrate on soldiers and most important battles in history, but others present the suffering of the civilians and the trauma of the men involved in the fighting.
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