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Film Recon

Film Recon is a review and interview series by Senior Editor Paraag Shukla, covering film and television productions based on historical figures and events.




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    FILM RECON Interviews: Brian Cox and Alex von Tunzelmann on “Churchill”

    Veteran actor Brian Cox and screenwriter and historian Alex von Tunzelmann spoke to Paraag Shukla and Claire Barrett of World War II magazine about the new film, CHURCHILL, which tells the untold story of Winston...

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    FILM RECON: War Machine

    SNAPSHOT: Netflix’s War Machine gets some details right about Afghanistan in 2009-2010, but it suffers greatly by portraying its central character as a sort of Frankenstein’s monster. The film follows General Glen...

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    FILM RECON Interview: Daniel Brühl of “The Zookeeper’s Wife”

    Veteran German actor Daniel Brühl spoke to Paraag Shukla and Claire Barrett of World War II magazine about his latest film, The Zookeeper’s Wife. Based on the book by Diane Ackerman, the film tells the true story of Polish...

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    FILM RECON: Five Came Back

    SNAPSHOT: Filmmaker Laurent Bouzereau’s excellent Netflix documentary, Five Came Back, is adapted from Mark Harris’ 2014 book and tells the absorbing story of five Hollywood directors during World War II. By the early 1940s,...

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    FILM RECON: 13 Minutes

    SNAPSHOT: Although 13 Minutes—a German film about Georg Elser’s 1939 attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler—has all the ingredients of a compelling thriller, it quickly falls flat. After exploring the final, claustrophobic days in Adolf...

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    FILM RECON: Hacksaw Ridge

    SNAPSHOT: Andrew Garfield gives a powerful and moving performance as army medic Desmond Doss in Hacksaw Ridge, a film that is brutally effective in its depictions of combat but nearly derailed by a single-minded, oversimplified message....