JamesH

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  1. JamesH

    NO OBSERVANCE OF VETERANS DAY, TCM?

    >Ted no longer owns TCM Whow, I didn't know that. Who do I blame now?
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    Berlin Express (1948)

    >I sure get vibes from Alfred Hitchcock It seemed like a post WW2 version of Hitch's "Foreign Correspondent" but having the Nazi's in the abductor role for me didn't sell as well as it did in the McCrea film. It's always nice to see Oberon in anything but at 37 I guess she wasn't looking to flirt with Bob. Overall the film seemed about an average effort, reasonably enjoyable, even at 6am.
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    NO OBSERVANCE OF VETERANS DAY, TCM?

    >We will never forget... Ted may not be in that camp MHanson.
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    No Veterens Day films??

    Ya know Andy, I was thinking the same thing. Seems odd in that there are a bunch of them (war films) and it is Veterans Day. I know AMC will be playing some good ones all day.
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    How do we "quote" other posts now?

    Yet another test... >just a test
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    A Gem of a Germ movie

    Being a child of the 50's my original sci-fi exposure was with monsters from outer space, radiation bug mutations and giant Japanese speaking demons from the deep. I got my drivers licenses by the mid sixties and my trips to the drive-ins became more frequent. Then in the summer of 65 I spotted one of my favorite TV actors in a film about germ warfare. I first saw George Maharis in the TV show "Route 66". He was the passenger in that Corvette Stingray with Martin Milner doing most of the driving. George left the show in 63 to my regret and it was nice to see in a movie no matter the subject. As a general rule, as a kid, I didn't much care about how the movie was crafted if it got me out of the house. But in the case of "The Satan Bug", I was totally blown out of the car on it's sheer assemblage by director John Sturges. With the cold war of the 60's, it seemed appropriate for the time, if not down right freaky scary. We all knew about the "bomb" but thermonuclear warfare was something you could see, viruses you can't and when we can't see something, then it becomes all the more scarier. Particularly, if you are a teenager. I tried to stay up to watch it last night on TCM but darn it, age and time has me. I caught the first 30 or 40 minutes then zonked out. But it still is a real treat of a movie which hasn't lost much of it's punch. Looking at it today through more mature eyes, it seems rather evident that it was made with a small budget and limited resources. If more had been put into the "Bug", who knows it could have been truly great if not the greatest science fiction or science factual movie ever. I will always be fond of it and rank it as one of the better works of Mr Sturges and Mr Maharis. Made at a time when the world was fearful of what may happen between the US and the USSR. It surely capitalized on that fear which resulted in a very persuasive relevance to the events that were unfolding. If Dr Strangelove can love the Bomb, I can certainly love the Bug...
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    Name your top five favorite war films

    "Saving Private Ryan" "The Enemy Below" "The Band of Brothers" "We Were Soldiers" "Zulu" "A Bridge Too Far" "Black Hawk Down" A few that were very good but could have been much better. "Midway", "Battle of Britain", "Sink the Bismarck", "The Patriot", "Where Eagles Dare", "Full Metal Jacket", "Pork Chop Hill", "Patton", "Apocalypse Now", "The Longest Day", "Memphis Belle", "Gettysburg", "Gallipoli", "All Quite on the Western Front", "The Dawn Patrol", "The Siege of Firebase Gloria", "Guadalcanal Diary", "Sands of Iwo Jima", "Merrill's Marauders", "The Lost Battalion", "The Great Raid" and "The Four Feathers". Great Epics that are both special and essential, "Lawrence of Arabia", "The Bridge on the River Kwai", "Doctor Zhivago" or the Lean triple perfecta, "Braveheart", and "The Great Escape".
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    Kapo (1960)

    > {quote:title=AndyM108 wrote:}{quote} > > Or to quote George Santayana: *Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it.* And unfortunately, it's often with the same not-so-happy ending. Absolutely Andy and it seems to be a lesson we never learn.
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    Kapo (1960)

    Well guys, the biggest dilemma that films like "Kapo" face isn't if they can provide entertainment to the viewer. In fact, they are so grim and horrific based on their subject matter, you would have to be a homicidal maniac to have any kind of positive expectations for the film before you purchased an admission ticket. It seems totally humane to me for anyone with the willingness to watch this type of movie to have a rather negative opinion of it, no matter how well it was produced. Thus, the value of "Kapo" certainly isn't it's enjoyable diversion where the hero wins the day and the evil doers gets their just rewards. This isn't your standard Hollywood type film that most viewers seek and expect. In actuality, a more "normal" reaction to "Kapo" is to be repulsed by it. So why would anyone want to watch it? Well, a lot of people will not and probably most that do, will not conspire to procure a reshowing of the film out of a need for a pursuit of amusement. The value of films like "Kapok" isn't entertainment, nor as a pedagogy of historical fact. But as a testament of the lack of empathy that is too often an aspect that we humans display toward each other. I will never be smart enough to understand how or why the Nazi's hated the Jews, Gypsies and Candlestick makers so much. Maybe it will never be known. But watch "Kapo" if you dare, simply to know that it has happened and as a result, your knowledge of it, just may help prevent it from happening again. We at least, owe them that!
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    Kapo (1960)

    Yeap, a very impressive film. However, a very uncomfortable subject. But still, it is a very tragic episode of WW2 that TCM should air during primetime. Not simply because it is a good reflection of what happened to those poor people at the hands of the Nazi's but because it's important for everyone to be aware of those events. Susan Strasberg was excellent as the lead in the picture as the young Jewish girl. Being shot in black and white helps to transmits effectively the hardness of the concentration camp and the bleak horror that these prisoners suffered in. The supporting cast all added sold performances. But the direction and script were superior and surely at the academy award level. A few more films that deal with the Nazi concentration camps would be, "The Gray Zone", "The Truce", "Schindler's List", "Passenger" and "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas".
  11. Hard for me to address the "Anzio" film prc1966, in that it came out about the time I was off to do my gig for Uncle Sam and didn't get back to the states until 71. My guess is, it's been on the tube (likely TCM) but I simply haven't been driven to watch it. That's odd, in that I'm a BIG Bob Mitchum fan and even BIGGER Peter Falk fan. Hate to hear it maybe in the same class as "Battle of the Bulge".
  12. I don't know jamesjazzguitar. However, I did see this on IMDb, "This film was denounced by former President (and Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during WW2) [Dwight D. Eisenhower|http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0252032/] soon after its release in a press conference due to its glaring historical inaccuracies." Most of the tanks used in the production were obtained from the Spanish Army and a lot of footage was shot south of Madrid which is why there is an absence of cold weather, trees and snow.
  13. While I totally agree with you prc1966 about "Kelly's Heroes", it was a very enjoyable film and it's odd direction was typical Eastwood. Does it do anything to honor the solders that fought and died in WW2, of course not. But then "Kelly's Heroes" makes no effort to try and rewright history or suggest it was reflective of any genuine event. Keep in mind that Hollywood has made a large number of movies about WW2 and likely the vast majority of these are pure fantasy (The Dirty Dozen or Bridge Over the River Kwai). Good as they were, they never tried to make the viewer believe they were addressing historical events or depicting an actual occurrence. Not the case with "Battle of the Bulge", here there was a total lack of conformity to known facts in making the film. I don't mind that they wanted to make another WW2 action movie, but calling it something that it clearly wasn't is simply a false representation of what we know happened and thus, how does that pay homage to the sacrifices made there?

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