Discussion in 'WWII Films & TV' started by JCFalkenbergIII, May 26, 2008.
Watched it for the second time a couple of days ago. Great movie!
Interesting list. Some unexpected choices. (Generation War, Immitation Game) unfamiliar choices (Heroes, The Ascent) and many movies you would expect to see absent.
Where Eagles Dare is pretty good, as is the Longest Day
Allow me to comment on the reasons for why I included 'The Imitation Game' are; 1) the extra-ordinary good performance by Benedict Cumberbatch; and 2) the accuracy with which Alan Turing's work was described. Having said that, the film is unfortunately very limited with regards to the actual code-breaking work that was done at Bletchley Park. Alan Turing may have been the master-mind behind the computer, but without Gordon Welchman's improvements and the signal analysis he and his team did in Hut 6, Turing's work would have been in more or less useless.
Like so many times in history some people tend to get credit for more than they deserve while others are left out.
Yesterday I watched a slightly extended version of Tora! Tora! Tora! in high-definition. The extended version gives a bit more background information of the political game and filled in a couple of blanks from the shorter version. In most cases, like Das Boot, extended versions are seldom better than the original theatrical ones, but with Tora! Tora! Tora! it actually improved the film.
Another film that you might find interesting Andre is the French / Russian post-war film East - West (Est - Quest) from 1999. It is a co-production between Russia/Ukraine/Bulgaria/France/Spain
Plot description "June 1946: Stalin invites Russian emigres to return to the motherland. It's a trap: when a ship-load from France arrives in Odessa, only a physician and his family are spared execution or prison. He and his French wife (her passport ripped up) are sent to Kiev. She wants to return to France immediately; he knows that they are captives and must watch every step. By chance, she meets a touring French actress and pleads for help. She also takes a young swimmer under her wing, and several years later, he makes a bold attempt to escape. Meanwhile, the KGB is suspicious, and hope for freedom is dim. Patience, her husband's self control, and her good looks may be their only assets."
It was a supricingly good movie albeit not a great movie.
Recently, I watched a TV re-run of "A Bridge Too Far". It's another one of those "star-studded cast" films but now that I know a lot more about the battle, I consider it one of the better WW2 movies.
I second that. It's actually my favorite. The cast, as you said, is star studded. Present day war movies can't go more then 2 or 3 high profile actors deep anymore. Fury attempted with success, but even those actors, other than Pitt, are not real headliners.
my only acting issue with ABTF is Gene Hackman. Love Gene Hackman, but his portrayal is very comical to me
What you wrote sounds about right.
Monuments Men tried to have more of an ensemble. Clooney was working with a medium sized budget of 60 to 80 million. The cast was part of the draw for many people - Goodman, Damon, Blanchett, Clooney himself, and for an international audience the Brit from Downton Abbey and Jean Dujardins, who is one of the big french stars of today. The movie was mistakenly compared to Oceans Eleven and most people's expectations were disapointed.
Not normally a fan of war flicks, but whenever Das Boot or Twelve O'clock High is on I'm watching it. My other favorite is Pork-Chop Hill. I know that it's the wrong war, but it's still in my top three.
I remember going to see that film, understanding it was going to be like the Great Escape equipped with the classic montage. I enjoyed it for what it was.