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top ten war films [May. 17th, 2005|09:11 pm]
8 or so bees in my bonnet
[music |straw-sailing off the edge of the world]

channel 4 spent 7 hours over this weekend counting down the top 100 war films of all time (as voted for by the public). there were some glaring omissions and plenty of dumb 'boy's own' stuff (no.3 the great escape?). so anyway here is my favourite ten (in no particular order):

Schindler's List
if you shed no tears during this film you have a heart of stone
(see also Sophie's Choice)

Three Kings
cool and entertaining but with a powerful message at it's core
(see also Apocalypse Now)

Empire of the Sun
a child's eye view of war
(see also Hope & Glory)

stone's most overtly politcal and perhaps best film
(see also The Killing Fields)

Why We Fight
it was a toss up between this and The Power of Nightmares. i think the fact that more republicans will watch this swung it for me.

Das Boot
perfectly captures the claustrophoic fear and camaraderie of a u-boat crew

Carve Her Name With Pride
true and moving story of ingenue violette szabo who was head-hunted and trained by british intelligence as a resistance fighter
(see also Charlotte Gray)

Full Metal Jacket
worth seeing if only for the harrowing depiction of the dehumanisation process of boot camp
(see also Born on the 4th of July)

A Midnight Clear
a bunch of scared teenagers wander around the ardennes not really knowing what they're doing there
(see also Tmavomodrý Svet)

Mother Night
my favourite vonnegut book. and an unusually great performance from nolte.
(see also Jacob's Ladder)

also, i really wanted to find a place for Catch-22, Dr.Strangelove and M*A*S*H
but i came to the conclusion that war generally isn't really very funny so they'll have to go into my top ten comedies instead...

[User Picture]From: wee_tim
2005-05-17 10:09 pm (UTC)
King of Hearts should always be in the top ten war films (or anti-war films.)

and steve mcqueen rocks in the great escape...
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[User Picture]From: recrea33
2005-05-18 02:19 am (UTC)
It's World War I, and a Scottish Private named Plumpick (Alan Bates) is ordered to infiltrate a French village and stop a bomb that the Germans have planted from going off. Upon arriving, Plumpick discovers the entire village deserted, except for the patients of the local insane asylum, who have been left behind. The patients soon escape the asylum, play dress-up with the various clothes they find lying around the village, and take it over. Not only this, but they crown Plumpick their king! With the German army still in the vicinity nearby, Plumpick must find the bomb, diffuse it, and save his "subjects" from certain death....

sounds fantastic.
goes on my 'must see' list.

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[User Picture]From: wee_tim
2005-05-18 03:02 am (UTC)


yes, yes, very good show indeed.

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[User Picture]From: heycookie
2005-05-18 05:29 am (UTC)
Good choices all around, but how about the 1930 "All Quiet on the Western Front"? I just love that film; it's probably my personal all-time war fave.
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[User Picture]From: helios
2005-05-18 04:25 pm (UTC)
I really want to see Power of Nightmares. There may be some gatekeeping aspects to it, but that's true of just about everything.
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[User Picture]From: recrea33
2005-05-18 05:27 pm (UTC)
i'm upset that you can't buy the dvd
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[User Picture]From: recrea33
2005-05-18 05:31 pm (UTC)
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