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Speaking of War Films Sat, 22 December 2007 23:52
I haven't seen any references to this on the forum, myself, so I'll go ahead and mention an interesting find.

Military History Magazine has released a special issue about the 100 greatest war movies ever made. It has an interesting order because, although the films are rated from 100 to 1, they are presented in the chronological order they were created, starting with #47 Battleship Potemkin (1925). While I don't agree with the placement of certain films above others, I do like the many films I've seen from the list. If anything, it makes for a great checklist and discussion of the film genre, and it has an article about each film. I found the issue on the magazine rack at Walmart.

Here's a link to the web site: http://www.historynet.com/movies

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Re:Speaking of War Films Sun, 23 December 2007 01:59
Thanks for the link SS! Good list.
      
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Re:Speaking of War Films Sun, 23 December 2007 09:21
Probably won't be available in Europe Sad
      
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Re:Speaking of War Films Mon, 24 December 2007 18:17
Very cool, oh Shadowed one! Thanks for sharing that with us.
      
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Re:Speaking of War Films Wed, 26 December 2007 15:55
I got mine!!!! very cool...
      
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Re:Speaking of War Films Wed, 26 December 2007 16:13
hmm is casoblanca a war move? or the good the bad and the ugly?
no hell in the passific,good heavens mr allison,a fist full of dynomite,battle of the bulge,battle of britan,tora tora tora?
      
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Re:Speaking of War Films Wed, 26 December 2007 17:25
I see your point Roo, but of them, I think I can give "War Movie" status to Casablanca. You know, that was one movie that I've said for years, "One day, I'm going to sit my tush down and watch that thing." It's one of those classics that everyone you know seems to have seen, and for some reason, I just never got around to it. Well, I can happily say that about a month ago, it was on late one night, and I wasn't feeling good....so I settled in and watched it. Holy Cats what a good movie.

I does indeed cover war time...or perhaps pre-war explosion would be a better analogy. You definitely get the flavor that bad things are afoot in a wartime atmoshere. I don't know, that's just my take....but I'm willing to give it War Movie status.

Now, the others you mentioned....spot on!
      
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Re:Speaking of War Films Wed, 26 December 2007 17:49
oh yeah casoblanca a top film no doubt about that but a war film? i have to admit its been a while but id call it a mellowdrama Confused no?
      
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Re:Speaking of War Films Wed, 26 December 2007 18:53
what about ice cold in alex,tobuk,the 3 feathers,the beast?
      
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Re:Speaking of War Films Wed, 26 December 2007 21:11
Roobarb wrote on Wed, 26 December 2007 11:49

oh yeah casoblanca a top film no doubt about that but a war film? i have to admit its been a while but id call it a mellowdrama Confused no?



Not a war film in the "bang-bang, toss a grenade" sense; but you've got Boggey the alienated American in a forign country, helping an old flame, with Nazi's breathing down his neck. He gets help from an unlikely source, that has shown themselves a bit of a lackey to said Nazi's, but you come to find, maybe not so much. Rick puts his comfy seat in his nightclub in jeopardy with the Nazi's for the sake of said flame. Melodrama, yes. War related, tangentantly. But when my wife says, "Honey, let's watch something romantic", I know she'll find nothing romantic of "The Guns of Navarone" or "The Dirty Dozen", but I stand a fair chance with Rick and the Nazi goons of Casablanca...I go to bed happy (wink, wink).

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Re:Speaking of War Films Thu, 27 December 2007 00:07
Hey, Roobarb, I'm right there with you on the films that didn't make the list. The first article in the magazine explains the reasoning behind what they did choose and suggests that they were really looking to spark discussion on the "great war film" topic, which they have. For this list they wanted films that dealt with war from all angles, including both pre- and post-war societies, the human condition, heart of darkness, etc. It goes without saying for even the average war film buff that some outstanding films did not make the cut. For their criteria they should have done a top 200 list.

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