Tag: WWII

Film: Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators (2017)

Film: Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators (2017)

May 15, 2018 | By

Behind the best-selling children’s book about an overly curious monkey and his human friend in the yellow hat is the fantastic story of its creators, artist Hans Augusto Rey and writer Margert Rey, German Jews who fled Nazi Germany and eventually settled in the U.S…

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Film: N°5 War, The / N°5 War: A Deadly Duel Behind the Dream, The / La guerre du N°5 (2017)

Film: N°5 War, The / N°5 War: A Deadly Duel Behind the Dream, The / La guerre du N°5 (2017)

May 15, 2018 | By

Made for French TV, Stéphane Benhamou’s documentary is very specific on the creation and impact of Coco Chanel’s most popular perfume which ultimately transformed her into a global brand and one of the wealthiest women of her time, but perhaps new to the fashion icon’s story is the rather dirty maneuvering which suggests Chanel was a self-serving Nazi sympathizer…

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Film: Saving Auschwitz? (2017)

Film: Saving Auschwitz? (2017)

May 15, 2018 | By

There’s a chilling moment in Jonathan Hayoun’s hour-long documentary in which a city mayor isolates the dark history of Auschwitz to a 4 year period in which the Nazis invaded Poland, built their largest killing centre, and left after the Soviets pushed them out…

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DVD: Above Us the Waves (1955)

DVD: Above Us the Waves (1955)

July 11, 2017 | By

Based on the 1953 best-selling book by Charles E.T. Warren and Thornton Warren, this dramatization of Britain’s midget submarine program to sink Nazi Germany’s Tirpitz battleship proved very successful at the box office, and was reportedly a pet project of producer William MacQuitty…

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TJFF: Edith Jorisch’s The Heir / L’heritier (2017)

TJFF: Edith Jorisch’s The Heir / L’heritier (2017)

May 11, 2017 | By

Review of The Heir / L’heritier (2017), Edith Jorisch’s chronicle of her grandfather’s efforts to reclaim 3 paintings stolen by the Nazis in 1939. The short documentary screens May 11 at TJFF 2017. Also happening tonight: rare 35mm screenings of Joshua Then and Now (TJFF) + Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (The Royal).

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Exit: Music and Saving Masterpieces of Classical Music

Exit: Music and Saving Masterpieces of Classical Music

February 15, 2017 | By

Review of James Murdoch and Simon Wynberg’s documentary Exit: Music, currently playing at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema.

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Film: Exit: Music (2016)

Film: Exit: Music (2016)

February 15, 2017 | By

James Murdoch and Simon Wynberg’s documentary on Jewish German composers who fled Nazi Germany could’ve been developed into a multi-part docu-series, but in synthesizing the specific chapters of five unique figures in contemporary music circa WWII…

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WWII Dramas: Anthropoid (2016) + Eye of the Needle (1981)

WWII Dramas: Anthropoid (2016) + Eye of the Needle (1981)

November 8, 2016 | By

Reviews of two underrated WWII dramas, Sean Ellis’ docu-drama Anthropoid (2016) from Universal + Richard Marquand’s vivid film version of Ken Follett’s Eye of the Needle (1981) from Twilight Time, and from the archives, Ellis’ Cashback (2006) + The Broken (2008)

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BR: Triumph of the Will / Triumph des Willens (1935)

BR: Triumph of the Will / Triumph des Willens (1935)

February 5, 2016 | By

Perhaps the ultimate and scariest propaganda film ever made – and rightly so – Leni Riefenstahl’s self-professed ‘document’ of the 1934 Nazi Party Congress in Nuremberg was a meticulously plotted production designed from the ground-up to assault the senses of German audiences and make it clear Adolph Hitler was not only the country’s man in charge, but its self-appointed savior and visionary…

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Film: Victory of the Faith / Der Sieg der Glaubens (1933)

Film: Victory of the Faith / Der Sieg der Glaubens (1933)

February 5, 2016 | By

In 1933, Leni Riefenstahl made the move from dancer, actress, and fiction film director to documentaries, launching her new career as the Third Reich’s premiere propaganda filmmaker with her hour-long chronicle of the fifth NSDAP party rally, held in Nuremberg in 1933…

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