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  • Military History Magazine

    Napoleonic Action

    From a turbulent era that has proven irresistible to filmmakers, 10 top war movies. It would be a relatively simple task for movie buffs to cite the best films on humanity’s more recent conflicts (Vietnam, Korea, both world wars). More...

  • American History Magazine

    Brit Johnson, The Real Searcher

    Movies about Indian captives have thrilled American audiences since 1903, but none has been as influential as The Searchers (1956), John Ford’s adaptation of Alan Le May’s novel. Le May set his story of an uncle’s search for his...

  • 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...

  • World War II Magazine

    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...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Letter from the Editor- June 2007

    Eye on Hitler’s Inner Sanctum Proximity to power can be all too seductive. Walter Frentz was known primarily for movies he’d made about kayaking before he did much of the camerawork for Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will, a...

  • World War II Magazine

    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,...

  • World War II Magazine

    Conversation with Ken Burns: When No Life Was Untouched by War

    Seventeen years after The Civil War copped dozens of awards, including two Emmys and a Peabody, Ken Burns has gone back to war—World War II—with The War. Born in Brooklyn, the son of a cultural anthropologist, Burns dreamed of becoming...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Leni

    Leni: The Life & Work of Leni Riefenstahl By Steven Bach. 400 pp. Knopf, 2007. $30. In famous (or infamous) works like Triumph of the Will and Olympia, the twentieth century’s most notorious woman filmmaker found beauty in the...

  • 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: 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...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    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,...