World War II in Cinema—Part 1

History of Sorts

These are just some of my favourite WW2 movies. In no particular order. Picture above is a still from the 1970 movie “Tora.Tora.Tora” The 1970 war epic was widely praised, by critics and film fans alike, for how it detailed the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack. Universally considered a classic, the film explores Japan’s preparations for war, U.S. military intelligence trying to decipher enemy communications, and the tragic catastrophe in Hawaii. Perhaps most admirable was that the film was directed by filmmakers from both countries — with Toshio Masuda and Kinji Fukasaku shooting the Japanese segments and Richard Fleischer manning the American portion.

Enemy at the Gates

One of the few movies from the perspective of the Red Army, “Enemy at the Gates” is an epic movie about the Battle of Stalingrad.

Based on William Craig’s 1973 nonfiction book of the same name, Enemy at the Gates chronicles the events surrounding…

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