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.
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.
Not every good movie makes a great impact straight after the premiere, some of them it takes a while to find the audience, some never actually does find it. But this does not mean they are bad movies, sometimes they just unlucky, are overseen due to some random factors. The Wild Geese is not exactly any of that cases really - it is one of the movies that are actually quite good, but never got the chance to shine.
While 1960s were rather bad times for American cinema, stuck between disaster movies and musicals, war movies were doing just great, mostly due to Cold War tension and the World War 2 nostalgia. Ice Station Zebra is one of the shining examples of that theory - thriller set aboard the nuclear submarine travelling to North Pole area in secret mission.
In a country torn by civil war nothing is simple and nothing is certain, but for American forces taking part in conflict in Moldova those words gained new dimension when their combat goggles began to record strange phenomena in the battle zone - some glowing see-through figures. To make things worse some of the soldiers that actually stumbled upon those figures ended up dead in strange circumstances.
American war movies very rarely deal with the reasons behind why the nation fought against United States, in most cases because they would have to show the real reasons why USA joined some of the wars, but when it comes to World War 2 they make exception, especially for Japan. Such titles as Tora! Tora! Tora! or Midway were showing the both sides of the conflict, Clint Eastwood returned to that tradition with Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima.
The 1960s in America were turbulent times - the assassinations of Martin Luther King and President John F. Kennedy were just small part of the social revolution that was aiming to stop the violence and stop the racial segregation. Even though the World War 2 has ended 20 years earlier the situation of black Americans have not changed much and when Black Brigade premiered in ABC in 1970 it was one of the first films that showed how during World War 2 black soldiers were treated by US Army.
While World War 2 had clearly split countries on two camps - Axis and more or less rest of the world - in cinema it wasnâ€™t that clear, which is hardly surprising. After all not many people would like his own country being depicted as the bad guys, but rarely there were exceptions. The Burmese Harp deals with not World War 2 or heroism of the soldiers, but rather with what happens when the war ends.
While their planes were called Flying Fortress American bomber crew members were as vulnerable to enemy fire as any other pilot in World War 2, a simple fact that US Air Force learned the hard way when they entered the war in Europe. The crews were traumatized by the heavy losses and look of the mutilated bodies of their friends after they had to face the enemy fighters and anti-aircraft guns over the targets.
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.
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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