Most of the war movies are actually anti-war movies - by showing how horrible the war really is they try to remind us why war isn’t the solution we are looking for and should be used as a really last resort. But all war movies about Cold War were in fact anti-war movies - it was the time people began to realize that nuclear weapon changed the face of the world and nuclear war in fact will be the last, because the won’t be anyone left...
The 1950s and 1960s were the golden era for independent productions in United States - anyone with some money could have been director, producer or both (letâ€™s not forget that greatest works of Ed Wood Jr were made in those times). Of course most of those productions were cheap scifi movies not really worth a second look, but war movies were a bit of a challenge for the amateur film makers - you actually need some sets and some models or war-era footage to show the action scenes.
Each time American war movie gets the backing of the army (or to be exact of any branch of the armed forces) each time the effect is complete disaster. The reason? When army gives you cooperation that includes all the vehicles you will need, all the stand-ins that you need, even expensive locations that you need. The price? The script will most likely be altered to fit the views of the army, no matter if they make a lot of sense or not. Flight of the Intruder is another example of such cooperation, but with a little twist...
Polish army supporting Red Army was pushing through their homeland making it hard for Wehrmacht to prepare defence lines. But even the best unit will not reach its targets when there is a jinx among the soldiers. At least that is what they believed while looking at Private Orzeszko, because everything the touched instantly turned into catastrophe not only for him, but also for the rest of his platoon.
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 war suddenly brake out the civilians are always the first casualties - not on the battlefields, but in their own homes. Peopleâ€™s lives are shattered by the conflicts, men have to join the army, farmers have to provide food for the soldiers, the women have to deal with the life without their husbands or sons. Tom Dobb was one of such victims - when American revolution against the British Empire have started he wanted to stay away from politics, but as it is common, when you try to avoid politics, the politics will invade your life anyway.
During late 1960s and early 1970s American war movies took a turn to new direction - Hollywood seemed to be more interested in adventure flicks (in style of Italian low-budget productions) rather than stories based on true events. Films like Too Late the Hero or The Dirty Dozen had more in common with westerns than classic war movies.
In 1944 the war was in stalemate on the western front - the Allied offensive in Italy got stuck in the mountainous terrain, the strategic bombers were attacking the targets deep into enemy terrain, but for both sides it was obvious that the invasion on continental Europe is the next step. Germans built the Atlantic Wall from Norway to Spain, so there were plenty of spots where the attack could start. The most obviously was Calais, since it was the narrowest part of the English Channel, but British spent last year on different disinformation schemes.
World War 1 was a conflict about nothing - the participants did not really planned to gain new lands, new influences, new trade markets nor it was was based on religious or other ideology. The conflict started about nothing and carried on without any purpose consuming more lives than any previous conflict. This conflict was suppose to end all wars, which it failed, but every war movie about World War 1 reminds us how terrified times the conflict really was. Of course not for the generals, but for the simple people stuck in damp trenches just waiting to die.
World War 2 had many faces and inspired many movies - some of them showed the most spectacular events of the war, but The Caine Mutiny is not one of them - here we have the other type of war movies, the drama (almost chamber drama) that takes place on one of many warships on the Pacific away from the glorious battles, but not away from the drama of the war itself.
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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