Category: War

Ben Foster, The Messenger

The Messenger

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     13 March   Henry Shrapnel dies, 1842 On this day in 1842, Major General Henry Shrapnel, British army officer, died aged 80, at his home, Peartree House, Southampton, UK. It was he who is supposed

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Adrien Brody as Wladislaw Szpilman in The Piano

The Pianist

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     11 March   Roman Polanski charged with rape, 1977 On this day in 1977, the film director Roman Polanski was arrested on a charge of rape by use of drug. He was also charged with

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Mark Coles Smith as Billy "Streaky" Bacon in Beneath Hill 60

Beneath Hill 60

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     24 December     The Christmas Truce, 1914 On this day in 1914, an unofficial truce broke out, mostly between the British and German soldiers, at the Front in the First World War. It was

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Doug Jones as the pale man in Pan's Labyrinth

Pan’s Labyrinth

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     4 December     Francisco Franco born, 1892 On this day in 1892, Francisco Franco y Bahamonde was born. He’d later style himself Generalísimo, or Caudillo, of Spain while he ruled the country, from 1939

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Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     3 December     Joseph Conrad born, 1857 On this day in 1857, Jozéf Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, later known as Joseph Conrad, was born in Berdichev, in what was then the Russian Empire. Conrad was

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Police blindfold looters before shooting them in The War Game

The War Game

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     21 November     Einstein publishes his mass/energy equation, 1905 On this day in 1905, his annus mirabilis, Albert Einstein published a paper in the Annalen Der Physik (Annals of Physics). Together with his earlier

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Erich Von Stroheim in La Grande Illusion

La Grande Illusion

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     11 November     First World War ends, 1914 On this day in 1914, hostilities officially ceased on the Western Front (which ran through Belgium, north-eastern France and Alsace-Lorraine – then German, now French), effective

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Cillian Murphy and Pádraic Delaney in The Wind That Shakes the Barley

The Wind That Shakes the Barley

    A polemic rather than a drama, about a blameless Irish lad who becomes a Republican after seeing with his own eyes what the British are up to. Cillian Murphy plays the lad, peaceable to the point of cowardice, the prospective medical student who is caught up in the

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Sebastian Koch and Carice Van Houten in Black Book

Black Book

    In some quarters the director Paul Verhoeven is now eternally infamous for Sharon Stone’s is she/isn’t she leg-crossing moment in Basic Instinct. But he came to prominence with a Second World War movie, Soldier Of Orange, in 1977. Black Book sees Verhoeven return to his native land, his

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Aleksei Kravchenko in Come and See

Come and See

      Best Of lists are designed to infuriate, obviously, to provoke debate. But even so, it seems beyond the realms of the credible that Elem Klimov’s Come and See only made it to number 71 when UK television’s Channel 4 ran a Best War Movies Ever poll a

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