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  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: Indigénes (Days of Glory)

    Indigénes (Days of Glory) a film by Rachid Bouchareb, released by The Weinstein Company Think of Days of Glory, the previously untold story of French colonial troops in World War II and an  Oscar contender for Best Foreign Film, as a...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: 2 or 3 Things I Know About Him

    2 or 3 Things I Know About Him Director/writer: Malte Ludin Documentary; color; 2007 German/English subtitles 85 minutes This stark German film traces a son’s search for the truth of his father’s World War II record. The result: a...

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    WWII Review: The Naked and the Dead

    The Naked and the Dead (1958) Director: Raoul Walsh Cast: Cliff Robertson, Raymond Massey, Aldo Ray, Joey Bishop, Lili St. Cyr 131 minutes Black & white Toward the end of the war in the Pacific, a sensitive, idealistic lieutenant...

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    WWII Review: Downfall (2005)

    Downfall (2005) Director: Oliver Hirshbiegel. Cast: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Corinna Harfouch, Ulrich Mattes, 155 minutes Color, Dubbed in English What makes Downfall so compelling is its humanity. With harrowing understatement,...

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    WWII Review: Dresden- The Inferno

    Dresden: The Inferno (2006) Director: Roland Suso Richter, 180 minutes, Color, German The first fictional film made in Germany to face the ongoing debate, Inferno Festival in fall 2006, then aired on Ger- was screened at the Berlin Film...

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    WWII Review: Black Book

    Black Book (2006) Director: Paul Verhoeven Cast: Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, et al. Time: 145 minutes. Color. Dutch, German, English, Hebrew (English subtitles) In this hyperdrive pulp fiction set in 1944–45 Holland, Rachel Stein,...

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    WWII Review: The War

    The War Director: Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Time: 15 hours. Color/B&W A few dozen eyewitnesses to history, plucked from four American towns, wend their sometimes intersecting ways through history’s largest epic. Like leitmotifs in a...

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    WWII Review: White Light, Black Rain

    White Light, Black Rain Director: Steven Okazaki Time: 86 minutes. Color/B&W. The controversial lessons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are endless, but this subtle yet striking movie touches many of them. Peabody and Academy Award winner...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Review: The Battle of Perryville

    The Battle of Perryville: Invasion of Kentucky Wide Away Films, Color, 76 minutes, $24.95 The battle of Perryville on October 8, 1862 is one of those often overlooked but important engagements of the American Civil War. It came during what...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Review: The General (1927)

    Buster Keaton was unquestionably the king of American silent cinema, and of all the films he created,his favorite had a Civil War theme.Almost 30 years before Walt Disney and Fess Parker fascinated television-watching kids with the story...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Review: Abraham Lincoln (1930)

    Mention filmmaker D.W. Griffith in most polite circles and you get howls of politically correct protest leveled against the creative genius behind America’s most vicious, but effective,piece of cinematic “Lost Cause”propaganda,Birth...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Review: Still Standing

    Still Standing—The Stonewall Jackson Story Franklin Springs Family Media, Color, 48 minutes, $19.95 Irony and paradox: those are the words used to characterize the life of Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson in the documentary Still...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Review: Friendly Persuasion (1956)

    Five sons of Benjamin and Ellen Bond of Wayne County, Indiana, enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War. Two of them died while in uniform. But their decision to don Union blue was more complicated than it was for most young men at...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Review: Pharoah’s Army (1995)

    If John Sayles were ever to make a movie with a Civil War theme, it would probably look a lot like Pharaoh’s Army, director Robby Henson’s first feature length film that, sadly, went almost directly to DVD after a limited and...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Reviews: His Trust (Fulfilled)

    His Trust (1911) His Trust Fulfilled (1911) Directed by D.W. Griffith Between 1908 and 1915, D.W. Griffith produced, directed or wrote 14 silent films on Civil War themes, including his controversial masterpiece Birth of a Nation. This...

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    ACW Review: Films of Thomas Ince

    The Gray Sentinel (1913) Battle of Gettysburg (1913) Granddad (1913) Drummer Boy of the 8th (1913) The Coward (1915) Directed by Thomas Ince Although D.W. Griffith is the acknowledged master of the silent film genre in the United States,...