3 items from 2008
It’s Veteran’s Day today - the day we remember and honor soldiers and sailors that serve and have served in the military in defense of the United States of America and other countries.
I thought it would be appropriate to put together a list of classic war movies to commemorate the holiday…
This is by no means a complete list, just some of my favorites and those that came to mind - feel free to add your favorites and nudge my memory over any obvious ones I may have forgotten in the comments below.
Casablanca (1942) - Humphrey Bogart & Ingrid Bergman, a classic if there ever was one: Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II, an American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications - and woe unto anyone who thinks of doing a remake of this film!
- Vic Holtreman
"Widescreen" and "epic" are the words that spring to mind when you hear the name David Lean. The Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, Dr. Zhivago, A Passage to India: Big, sweeping, Oscar-scooping historical pageants, all. But Lean, who would have turned 100 this year, was hardly a one-trick pony. The British Film Institute has restored several of his earlier, overlooked features and screened them in a retrospective that began in London in the spring and now arrives on our shores - first stop, New York's Film Forum.
At the Daily, we've been following critical reaction all year-long to what essentially amounts to a rediscovery of a landmark talent. Take a look here, here and here. »
The late '50s and early '60s produced their share of bloated, inert movies that confused extended running times and excessive art direction with top-flight, value-for-dollar entertainment. But the epic era also gave movie and history buffs unparalleled spectacles like David Lean's The Bridge On The River Kwai and Lawrence Of Arabia, and—almost as good—Anthony Mann's The Fall Of The Roman Empire. In the '40s, Mann was known for earthy noirs, and in the '50s for darkly pragmatic westerns, but in his last decade as a director, Mann helmed grand historical stories that dwelled on the strengths and weaknesses of men struggling with how to reconcile their sense of honor with their lusty desires. Though Mann split The Fall Of The Roman Empire into a series of intimate scenes, he didn't skimp on the pomp. The sets are enormous, the battle scenes well-populated, »
- Noel Murray
3 items from 2008
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