Thursday, November 18, 2004

World War I 

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Starring: Louis Wolheim
Director: Lewis Milestone

In the period directly following The Great War, anti-German sentiment was common in American cinema.Bold lines were drawn between good and evil, and the war was seen as a just fight between the brave Allied forces and sneaky, blood-lusting Germans. These films appealed to the emotions of the audience rather than their intellect, they were propaganda because they only revealed the Allied side. However in 1930, Lewis Milestone's All Quiet on the Western Front, a film based on the novel by Erich Maria, depicted the story of a German unit on the French front, losing soldier after soldier to things like illness and cave-ins. This film showed German boys who could just as easily been American in looks and habits, and thus begged this question: "Why should American boys be fighting boys from across the world who are just like them?" This film portrayed the battleground as a place of misery and fear rather than one of triumph and bravery, and stands out as one of the most important anti-war films of its time.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004


Casablanca (1942)
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman
Director: Michael Curtiz

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

The Cold War 

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Starring: Peter Sellers
Director: Stanley Kubrick

Monday, November 15, 2004

The Vietnam War 

Apocalypse Now (1979)
Starring: Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen
Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Sunday, November 07, 2004


No Man's Land (2001)
Starring: Branko Djuric
Director: Danis Tanovic
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Three Kings (1999)
Starring: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg
Director: David O. Russell
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