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  • 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...

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    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,...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Wild West Review: Comanche Moon

    Comanche Moon DVD released in Feb. 2008, Sony Pictures, 284 minutes, $29.95. Val Kilmer looks a mite heftier and acts a mite more bizarrely than Doc Holliday in Tombstone. He chews up a chunk of scenery in the CBS miniseries Comanche Moon,...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Review: Andersonville

    Andersonville Directed by John Frankenheimer, June 2004 Andersonville, the 1996 Turner Pictures made-for-TV film, gives the notorious Confederate prison in Georgia a gritty treatment not seen in previous cinematic versions. Although this...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: Lust, Caution

    Lust, Caution (2007) Director: Ang Lee Time: 158 minutes. Color. Subtitles. This aptly titled cautionary tale about the unfathomable mysteries of love and desire transplants the seeds of Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious to World War II...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: The Fuerhrerbunker

    The Fuerhrerbunker (1935–1942) Director: Christoph Neubauer Time: 50 minutes. B&W. We all know what Hitler’s Berlin underground lair looked like: dark, narrow corridors winding into dank, dim caverns. But according to Christoph...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: Nanking

    Nanking Director: Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman  Time: 89 minutes. Color/B&W.  Think of this flick as a documentary variation on Schindler’s List set in 1937 China. Directed by the pair who helmed Twin Towers, the...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: The Counterfeiters

    The Counterfeiters (2007)  Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky. Time: 98 minutes. Color. Subtitles.  Think of The Counterfeiters as a cross between Schindler’s List and Stalag 17 with a dash of Downfall— a twisting noir thriller that...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Review: Ride With the Devil

    Ride With the Devil (1999) Directed by Ang Lee It may seem curious that director Ang Lee would follow up his critically acclaimed movie The Ice Storm, an exposé of middle-class suburban social dysfunction, with a morally complex...

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    ACW Review: The Tall Target

    The Tall Target (1951) Directed by Anthony Mann What do you get when you combine a classic film noir whodunit with a historical incident from the life of Abraham Lincoln? You get The Tall Target, director Anthony Mann’s dark rendition of...