Tag: WWII

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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Film: Nuremberg – Its Lessons for Today / Nuremberg / Nürnberg und seine Lehre (1948)

Film: Nuremberg – Its Lessons for Today / Nuremberg / Nürnberg und seine Lehre (1948)

February 4, 2016 | By

After the fall of Nazi Germany in 1945, one of the U.S. Government’s efforts to de-Nazify Germans was via film screenings, and Stuart Schulberg made his first and only effort as director with this documentary that assembled courtroom footage from the Nuremberg trials…

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