MALLORY, a detective with an ambitious quest for justice, but at the mercy of his personal life. Obsessed with a cold case, he returns to the scene of the crime. Choices have consequences ... See full summary »
A story of a brilliant master sergeant with a great career behind him and transferred to yet another post, his attraction to a younger man eventually overrides him, to a point where his latent homosexuality, finally emerges.
John Phillip Law,
The theme of this film is the children's view on the destruction of a working-class area. The loss, for them of the dilapidated alleyways and waste ground where they met up and played. ... See full summary »
An art student is thrown out of college. Depressed, he comes up with the Party of Dynamic Erection, a near-fascist "party" that promotes male sexual dominance, and which attracts a couple of other unsavory confused characters.
Mixes archival footage of World War 2, with fictional story of a young man getting ready to go off to war. The archival footage, serves as the young man's thoughts and fears about going into battle. Scenes of air raids and bombings are spliced together with the scenes of sitting on the bus, being polite, and just doing normal everything things.
The film ends with D-Day, where our hero is among the first to storm the beach, the point where fact and fiction finally meet. Strange, and bizarre military weapons you have never seen before(the rocket wheel???), the barbed wire removing vehicle, appear throughout as well as amazing Arel footage.
The most unique and effective "war" film ever seen. Like Ambrose Bierce's "An Occurrence At Owel Creek", for the WW2 generation. It really puts you in the place, not of a soldier, per say, but of a human being, undergoing the process of becoming a soldier, facing the dread, anxiousness, and absurdity, with a solemn dignity, "Im not frightened", he writes to his parents, admitting he is almost certain he is not coming back.
Overlord cannot easily be place as either a pro or anti-war film. The situation of a gentle, very boyish, nice guy being sent off to the worlds most violent and dangerous conflict in all it's history (he takes a copy of "David Copperfield" with him, so he will have something to read.), is absurd, but it's not handled for irony. There is a scene, where two soldiers are off for R&R and they stumble across a theater, where a young girl is being forced to sing, by her mother in practice for some kind of competition. When the soldiers enter, the mother demands she sing again, though the daughter is even more shaken by the unexpected audience. She sings, and about halfway through the soldiers walk off, in disgust or discomfort, the mother still begging them to stay and listen.
Do the soldiers want to fight? No more than this girl, wants to sing,but for mother and mother country, they both do their share. The reason to watch this film, is because it contains none of the usual images and ideas we come to expect from war and anti-war films. Englad took tremendous beating during World War 2, for years sending their sons to stem,the rising tide of Nazism, inching ever further across the sea between them. Overlord, is thus not the story of heroic victory, or the horrors of war, it's the story of the guy who got sent out, the day-after he made a date(from his level of excitement, maybe his first),and who will probably not be making it back...
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