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Old 12th Mar 2018, 15:35
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I knew the history, intellectually, if you will; but the visuals of near defeat by Lord Halifax, the doddering nature of Churchill at times made it much more real emotionally. That and the ever present whiskey. The movie didn’t explain the change of heart by King George at all, a lapse in my mind.

It was all emotionally striking how alone Churchill was within his War Cabinet and Imperial General Staff, his decision to evacuate Dunkirk was his alone. Not only was Britain alone, but Churchill very nearly was, as depicted. I have the companion book on the way.

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Anyone mentioned Patton Lust for Glory yet? I cannot comment on its full accuracy but George C. Scott and Karl Malden do a good turn at Patton and Bradley.
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Old 15th Mar 2018, 09:08
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GF, Read James Holland's book "The Battle of Britain: Five Months That Changed History; May-October 1940". He feels that the day that the Battle of Britain effectively started was 10 May 1940 as that was the day that the Germans invaded the Low Countries. It was the day that Churchill became Prime Minister. Holland covers Churchill's lonely task at the time very well. (It also give excellent background information on the Battle of Britain. Another good read is Boris Johnson's "The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History" which also covers that period, and the person, well. Alone he managed to overcome the supporters of Lord Halifax and Ambassador Kennedy. The world was lucky to have had Churchill in the right place at the right time.
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Old 18th Mar 2018, 17:23
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Has "Das Boot" had a mention? Definitely one of the top ones.
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Old 18th Mar 2018, 17:38
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Come and See.


A 1985 Russian film on WWII set in Belarus, well worth watching with subtitles for non Russian speakers.

Consistently voted as one of the top war dramas of all time, rated 8.2 on imdb, ranked number 24 in Empire magazine's "The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema", additionally is placed on the wikipedia article "List of films considered the best" (never mind WWII) and having viewed it a few times I can see why, quite a masterpiece.

Not however for the faint of heart.
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Old 14th May 2018, 08:10
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Originally Posted by galaxy flyer View Post
Just watched “Darkest Hour”; very good and I admit there was some fiction introduced, but well done. It’d be interesting to hear if Churchill’s first couple of weeks were that depressing.
Resurrecting an older thread here, but I finally got a chance to watch 'Darkest Hour' - very good movie, but raises the question I often have after watching such a movie: How historically accurate is it? Made somewhat more difficult in this case since it's not something I'm very familiar with. So, how much was accurate, and how much was 'Hollywood'?
(BTW, I saw a bit on TV earlier today Ike Eisenhower condemned "Battle of the Bulge" when it came out in 1965 because it was so historically inaccurate).
Went on Amazon recently with the idea of buying a DVD of 'Dambusters' - it doesn't appear to be currently available in Region 1 format...
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Old 14th May 2018, 09:53
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The Beast of War (1988) may have already been mentioned, about a Russian tank crew in Afghanistan, but I have not been back through the thread to check.
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Old 14th May 2018, 10:18
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Downfall for me, the sense of incessant despondency builds throughout the film and as someone else mentioned, it must have the record for overdubbing.

Here's my favourite, despite the spelling:

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Old 18th Aug 2018, 20:00
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Originally Posted by Krystal n chips View Post

We've had a difference of opinion over this before as well.

As I say, I consider all of the British films made about the war in this period to be nothing other than jingoism. Hackneyed plots / scripts / dialogue and equally ham acting, in particular from the first name on your list. His "character " acting was abysmal.

There was a series about the British film industry not too long ago and they more or less admitted it was a gravy train for a small pool of actors who obviously did very well given all they had to do was portray a stereotype of the character they were playing.

The ending to "Ice Cold in Alex" is dire....the bit where they are all in a bar drinking happily.

Anthony Quayle I will concede on however.

To be honest, I can't really think of any decent actors from that period.
Er...Jack Hawkins? Watch the scene in "The Cruel Sea" where he has to choose between rescuing some men in the water or depth-charging the U-Boat which is underneath them.. He hardly says anything but his face shows it all. He is the man on the spot, he has to decide, no-one is going to decide for him or let him off the hook. Absolute class. And one of the very best war films (or films about war) ever made. Very true to the book too, which is rare.
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Old 18th Aug 2018, 20:10
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Stalingrad - the German version

Film I keep coming back to watching is the Battle of Britain. It just had everything, great aircraft, real dogfights, great music, humour and above all Larry Olivier doing a fantastic Hugh Dowding.
I saw it at the cinema with my father when it was first released. Great in it s day but looking a bit dated now IMO. Too many late-60s anachronisms (haircuts especially!) and the flying sequences are not as good as they seemed at the time. Much prefer 'Dunkirk' (2017) for ultra-realistic dogfighting scenes.
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Old 26th Aug 2018, 16:41
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Not exactly a WWII film, but then again it is too

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Old 27th Aug 2018, 00:46
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Does "Ice Cold in Alex" count? Utterly superb movie.

Not sure Sylvia Sims beauty was ever bettered.
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Old 27th Aug 2018, 07:41
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Not exactly a WWII film, but then again it is too

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Agree...although IMO the final scene should have been left on the cutting room floor.
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Old 27th Aug 2018, 07:49
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Chuck, it might have been a personal dig at brand new officers and Provost ones at that.
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Old 27th Aug 2018, 19:45
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You might have seen, over the past year or two, a Russian movie entitled "The Dawns Here are Quiet." Eight parts to the series if I recall. Superb production quality. Story about a Sergeant left well behind the lines to command an anti-aircraft battery that is now manned by female recruits who are taking up the slack so the men can be sent to the front.

I was surprised at just how good this was--easily in the top ten for me re. war films. More than worth the time.
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