War Movies: Articles

Submarine Movie Feast: Memorial Day TCM Films

Submarine movie evening: Underwater war waged in TCM's Memorial Day films In the U.S., Turner Classic Movies has gone all red, white, and blue this 2017 Memorial Day weekend, presenting a few dozen Hollywood movies set during some of the numerous wars in which the U.S. has been involved around […]

Hiroshima Bombing Anniversary: Six Must-See Movies Dealing with the A-Bomb Horror

'The Beginning or the End' 1947 with Robert Walker and Tom Drake. Hiroshima bombing 70th anniversary: Six movies dealing with the A-bomb terror Seventy years ago, on Aug. 6, 1945, the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima. Ultimately, anywhere between 70,000 and 140,000 people died […]

'The Devil Strikes at Night' Review: Serial Killers vs Mass Murderers

'The Devil Strikes at Night,' with Mario Adorf as World War II era serial killer Bruno Lüdke. 'The Devil Strikes at Night' movie review: Serial killing vs. mass murder in unsubtle but intriguing World War II political drama After more than a decade in Hollywood, German director Robert Siodmak (Academy […]

Robert Redford Movies: Two of the Biggest Blockbusters Ever and War Hero or Serial Killer?

Robert Redford in 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.' Robert Redford movies: 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,' 'The Sting' and honorable war hero or psycho serial killer? They don't make movie stars like they used to, back in the days of Louis B. Mayer, Jack Warner, and Harry Cohn. […]

Veterans Day Movies: From 'Patton' to 'The Sullivans' + 'Subversive' 'Pride of the Marines'

Veterans Day Movies: George C. Scott in 'Patton.' Veterans Day movies on TCM: From 'The Sullivans' to 'Patton' This evening, Nov. 11, '14, Turner Classic Movies is presenting five war or war-related films in celebration of Veterans Day. For those outside the United States, Veterans Day is not to be […]

'A Night at the Cinema in 1914': Charles Chaplin, Pearl White and The Great War

Charles Chaplin in 'A Film Johnnie' (1914). 'A Night at the Cinema in 1914': From The Great War to Charles Chaplin and Pearl White Imagine, if you will, that you can go back one hundred years in time, when people were enjoying a new and pervasive art form: motion pictures. […]

Tim Hetherington Killed in Libya: Photojournalist, Oscar-Nominated 'Restrepo' Co-Director

Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger: 'Restrepo' directors. Photojournalist Tim Hetherington killed in Libya: Oscar-nominated 'Restrepo' co-director Photojournalist Tim Hetherington, who co-directed with Sebastian Junger the Oscar-nominated feature documentary Restrepo, was killed by mortar fire in Misrata (also spelled as “Misurata”), Libya, earlier today, April 20, '11. Hetherington (born on Dec. […]

'The War Game' Movie Review: Nuclear Holocaust in England

'The War Game.' For anyone who thinks that those 50-pack mega-DVD sets of public domain films put out by several different video companies are worthless, I would argue that the amount of films you get for the money is worth it, even if all were mediocre. I would also add […]

'All Quiet on the Western Front': Anti-War Masterpiece

ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930) Dir.: Lewis Milestone Cast: Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, Russell Gleason, John Wray, William Bakewell, Raymond Griffith, Beryl Mercer, Ben Alexander, Slim Summerville, Yola D'Avril Scr.: Maxwell Anderson, George Abbott, Del Andrews; from Erich Maria Remarque's novel Lew Ayres, All Quiet on the Western […]

'Fade Out Fade In': Racial Tensions & Hollywood Mansions + Right-Wing Pro-War Propaganda

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Set in the transitional 1960s, “Fade Out, Fade In” is the next episode of the TCM miniseries Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood. Directed by Stanley Kramer, whose career took off in the post-World War II years, […]

Daniel Radcliffe 'All Quiet on the Western Front' Remake, 'Most Dangerous Man' Daniel Ellsberg DVD

Daniel Radcliffe, who'll next be seen in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 in November, is currently attached to star as an idealistic schoolboy-turned-disillusioned war veteran in an upcoming film adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's controversial 1929 novel All Quiet on the Western Front, about life and death […]

'Green Zone' Reviews: Matt Damon Unusual War Movie

Green Zone: Amy Ryan, Matt Damon (top); director Paul Greengrass, Matt Damon on the Green Zone set Paul Greengrass' Iraq War thriller Green Zone follows a US Army officer (Matt Damon) who discovers there's a government conspiracy at work to dupe Americans into believing Saddam Hussein's Iraq had “weapons of […]

'The Hurt Locker': Controversy Has Not Hurt Best Picture Oscar War Movies

If Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker wins the Best Picture Academy Award on Sunday, it'll be the eighth out-and-out war movie to win the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' top prize. Prior battle-scarred winners were Wings (1927-28), All Quiet on the Western Front (1929-30), The […]

'J'accuse!': Abel Gance Anti-War Classic + Lon Chaney & Bimbo the Gibbon: San Francisco Silent Film Festival

J'accuse! with Séverin-Mars. Released the year after the end of World War I, Abel Gance's 1919 anti-war French drama was a major hit in France and the U.K. Nearly two decades later, the filmmaker would rework the story; as it turned out, the second J'accuse! was released the year before […]

'From Here to Eternity' Screening: Multiple Oscar Winner

Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster make love in From Here to Eternity(top); Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra do a little (sorta) lovemaking of their own later on in the film (bottom) Fred Zinnemann's 1953 Academy Award-winning drama From Here to Eternity, starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, […]

'The Informant' Matt Damon & 'The Messenger' Ben Foster + War & Politics in Venice & Toronto

'Lebanon': Israeli war movie was Golden Lion winner at Venice Film Festival. Golden Lion winner Samuel Maoz: 'Lebanon' dedicated to war veterans – but not for flag-waving reasons “I dedicate this award to the thousands of people all over the world who, like me, come back from war safe and […]

'Saving Private Ryan': Great To Be Nominated

Steven Spielberg's 1998 Best Picture nominee Saving Private Ryan will be the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Great To Be Nominated” series. The war drama will be screened on Monday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. […]

John Huston Documentary Double Bill: 'San Pietro' & 'Let There Be Light'

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' John Huston Lecture on Documentary Film will acknowledge John Huston himself with a special screening of his controversial World War II documentary classics San Pietro (a.k.a. The Battle of San Pietro) (above, 1944) and Let There Be Light (1946), on Tuesday, April […]

'300' Movie Review: Gerard Butler

300 may not be the most sophisticated war epic to hit the big screen, but with its series of mesmerizing tableaux and extreme graphic violence the film unquestionably succeeds in dazzling its audience. In other words: Watching 300 is like watching a video game that plays itself. Set in 480 […]

'Yossi & Jagger': Subversive Gays in Military Romantic Drama

  Yossi & Jagger (2002) Dir.: Eytan Fox Scr.: Avner Bernheimer Cast: Ohad Knoller, Yehuda Levi, Assi Cohen, Aya Steinovitz, Hani Furstenberg, Sharon Raginiano, Yuval Semo, Yaniv Moyal, Hanan Savyon     Yossi & Jagger is a tragic love story set in a most unlikely place: an Israeli army camp. […]

Paris Is Burning + Gay Romance in Chicago & Robert Redford in the Amazon

'La Haine' with Vincent Cassel. 'La Haine' movie proves prophetic: Paris when it boils As the fall 2005 riots in the poor, crime-ridden Parisian suburbs continue into their ninth day – having now spread to other French cities – I would like to recommend screenwriter-director Mathieu Kassovitz's 1995 movie La […]

'The Big Parade' Restored & Tinted + Robert Siodmak Retrospective

The Big Parade: silent era blockbuster restored and tinted at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival Next weekend, the 10th San Francisco Silent Film Festival opens with Harold Lloyd's 1926 comedy For Heaven's Sake. The highlight of the festival, however, is a screening of a restored, tinted print of MGM […]

Iraq War Movies Get Distribution

Iraq War movie 'Uncovered' poster. Iraq War movies get U.S. distribution: David O. Russell and Robert Greenwald documentaries Two Iraq War movies – both critical of the U.S.-led invasion of that country – will be distributed in the domestic market via Cinema Libre Studio later in 2004. They are David […]

'Downfall' Movie: Bruno Ganz Hitler Is Controversial Box-Office Hit in Unlikely Place

'Downfall' movie: Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler in controversial box office hit. 'Downfall' movie a box office hit in an unlikely part of the world: Germany No less than 480,000 filmgoers all over Germany lined up to get tickets for the €13.5 million (US$16.5 million) domestic hit-in-the-making Downfall / Der […]

Bruno Ganz Hitler in 'Downfall': Should Real-Life Monster Be Portrayed as Movie Monster?

Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler in 'Downfall': Humanizing Der Führer? Bruno Ganz Hitler movie: 'Downfall' humanizes Der Führer? Adolf Hitler, one of history's most hated monsters, has undergone a humanizing makeover in the German film Downfall / Der Untergang: Hitler und das Ende des 3. Reiches, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel […]