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Pilecki’s report (2024) – Harrowing and tragic

  Genre – War Movie (true story) Time: 1 Hour, 58 minutes Platform: Netflix Director: Krzysztof Lukaszewicz Language: Polish   During WW2, every occupied country in Europe suffered untold horror and privations but none so more than Poland. It was the first to be occupied  by armed conflict (Austria and Czechoslovakia were occupied without a…

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The Longest Day (1962) – Superb; a perfect blend of history and film

ALL CLICKABLE LINKS IN RED   Genre – War Movie (true story) Time: 2 Hours, 58 minutes Platform: Amazon Prime (on rent) Director: Ken Annakin – British and French segments. Andrew Marton – American segments. Bernhard Wicki – German segments.   D-Day means a particular date on which some operation or event is supposed to…

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 Eastern Front – Part 3 of 3 –Eastern Front

All clickable links in red     The Eastern Front was a charnel house with unparalleled brutality on both sides . The German propaganda of treating all Soviet citizens as subhumans had some unusual self-goals. Latvia, Estonia , Lithuania and Ukraine, who considered the Russians as “occupiers”, actually welcomed the Germans as Liberators. The foolish…

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Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (2024)

  Genre – Science Fiction/Alternate reality  Time: 2 hours 25 minutes  Platform: Theatrical Release  Director: Wes Ball   Many remakes have bit the bullet but some have been successful . The 21st century reboot of the “Planet of the Apes” series seems to be thriving and are box office hits, if the success of the…

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Eastern Front – Part 2 of 3 – Hollywood and Eastern Front

ALL CLICKABLE LINKS IN RED   When Germany attacked the Soviet Union, the British and then the Americans sent material aid to the Russians. By late 1943, the effects were evident as the Soviet Army swiftly gained higher mobility thanks to the trucks supplied by the Americans.   In the spirit of cooperation, Hollywood made…

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One Two Three (1961) – crackling satire

All clickable links in red Genre : Comedy + Satire (political, business practices, Cold War…)   Length : 1 hour 48 minutes   Platform : You Tube (free)   Director : Billy Wilder.   If it’s a Billy Wilder film, prepare for non-stop drama and machine gun like dialogue delivery. Wilder’s noted for his sarcastic sense…

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Operation Valkyrie– Three films on the July 20, 1944 plot

All clickable links in red  Never disturb your enemy when he is making a mistake – Napoleon   The above quote  aptly summarizes Hitler’s overall non-professional conduct and oversight of the German wartime effort. It could also be a description of the July 20, 1944 plotters when they tried to assassinate Hitler at his Headquarters…

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Katyn (2007) – A horrific true story

All clickable links in red    Genre – War Movie (true story) Time : 2 Hours Platform: You Tube Free Language : Polish Director : Andrzej Wajda   There is a Cold War joke that goes like this   Its 1981 and the Soviets are making threatening noises to invade Poland (like they did with…

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Apocalypse Now (1979) – Timeless Classic

All Clickable links are in red     Genre – War Movie Time: 3 Hours , 20 minutes (Redux).  3 hours, 5 minutes (Final Director’s Cut) Platform:  You Tube Free Director : Francis Ford Coppola   Some films are easily forgotten after watching. Then there are films that have a lasting impact on you and remain…

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Crew (2024) – Somewhat bittersweet

  Genre – Drama, Comedy (Dramedy?) Time: 2 Hours Director: Rajesh Krishnan Platform: Theatrical Release (Soon on Netflix)   Divya Rana (Kriti Sanon) is a pilot turned air hostess who has concealed the truth from her family that she didn’t get a job as a pilot but only as an air hostess. Jasmine Kohli (Kareena…

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Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) – Superb view of other side

Genre – War Movie (true story) Time: 2 Hours, 20 minutes Platform: Amazon Prime (on rent), You Tube (on rent) Language: Japanese, English Director : Clint Eastwood     It’s a rare Hollywood / Western film that shows the enemy’s view of the same battle. There have been some examples in the past (and covered…

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Flags of our fathers (2006) – Superb retelling of war’s cost

All clickable links in red   Genre – War Movie (true story) Time: 2 Hours, 12 minutes Platform: Amazon Prime (on rent), You Tube Free     Every world event, be it social, political, technological, has a defining moment and defining image. The Berlin Wall being knocked down by ordinary people symbolized people power over…

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Wil (2023) – Morality or Survival

  Genre – WW2 resistance film Time: 1 hour 50 minutes Platform: Netflix Language: Dutch. German.   All clickable links are in red Every country occupied by the Nazis (and Japanese) between 1940-45 had indigenous Resistance movements of various shapes and sizes. Some, like the Norwegians, had some stunning successes (refer to the post on…

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The Assets (2014) – Superb view of counter espionage

    All clickable links in red   Genre – Real-world Spying Time: 8 Hours – 8 x 50-minute episodes Platform: YouTube – free    When the Soviet Union passed into history in 1991, the Western Powers thought that all the nasty stuff that went with it also had gone into history, including the KGB,…

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Operation Valentine (2024) – Tolerable

All Clickable links in red    Genre – War Movie  Language – Hindi Time: 2 Hours, 10 minutes Platform: Theatrical release   Considering the recent disaster Fighter (review here) , I approached this movie with absolute trepidation. The first few minutes somewhat confirmed this would be a waste of time as all the familiar tropes…

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Norsk Hydro / Operation Gunnerside – three movies

All clickable links in red What would have happened if the Nazis had developed the Atom Bomb? The results are there for us to see in the superb alternate history TV series, The Man in the High Castle, which ran for four seasons from 2015 to 2019 (and is available on Amazon Prime). Though the…

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The Sea Wolves – 1980 – A charming true story  

All Clickable links in Red Genre – War Movie (true story) Language – English Time: 2 Hours  Platform: YouTube (Free)                    Throughout history, many nation have depended on goods carried by merchant ships trade for their daily survival. It is more accurate for island nations like Britain and Japan. Britain was almost strangled by…

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