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?
American Major Pike is one of the Overlords, high rank Allied officers with detailed knowledge of the upcoming landing operation in Normandy. While he is visiting Lisbon in 1944 German intelligence tries to kidnap him, but what they have planned for him is not senseless beating in the dark cellar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Winds of War and its second part, War and Remembrance, were based on Herman Wouk novels describing the turmoil of World War 2 by showing Henry family that was scattered throughout the world by the events that started in 1939 in Berlin.
During World War 2 American unit arrives to small village Valerno in Sicily. Their commander, Captain Cash, expects some resistance from Italian forces inside, but village seems to be empty. Apart from soccer field, where soldiers are taking part in the match. Italian Captain Oppo seems to be happy to finally surrender to Americans, but he puts one surprising condition - his men are allowed to stay in the village one more day to take part in the wine festival. And for him it is a deal-breaker...
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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