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Ivan’s Childhood

August 2, 2007

 Ivan’s Childhood

Ivan’s Childhood (1962) was Andrei Tarkovsky’s first film and it is certainly an impressive debut. The script was based on a novella by Vladimir Bugomolov but when the novice director came on board he reworked it with his friend Andrei Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky.... 

300

July 30, 2007

 300

Capitalizing on the success of Sin City (2005) and some canny marketing (the screening of a trailer at the San Diego Comic Con was particularly effective), 300 (2006) became a surprise commercial hit despite mostly scathing reviews. Like Sin City and... 

Army of Shadows

May 21, 2007

 Army of Shadows

For reasons that are still unknown, Jean-Pierre Melville’s Army of Shadows (1969) was never distributed in North America. It wasn’t until April 2006 that it finally enjoyed a theatrical release on that continent. Who so long? Was it perhaps Melville’s... 

Overlord

April 13, 2007

 Overlord

Stuart Cooper’s Overlord (1975) is proof that you can make an epic movie about World War II with very little money. His film depicts one man’s journey from basic training to D-Day. He did this by blending archival war footage from the Imperial War... 

49th Parallel: Criterion Collection

March 10, 2007

 49th Parallel: Criterion Collection

In 1940, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger proposed to make a film on a grand scale with movie stars and filming to predominantly take place in Canada. Set during the early years of World War II before the United States became involved, 49th Parallel... 

Alexander Revisited: The Final Cut

March 10, 2007

 Alexander Revisited: The Final Cut

Not satisfied with the theatrical cut of Alexander (2004), a long-gestating project that he had been working on for years, or even happy with his own director’s cut in 2005, Oliver Stone has revisited his film a third and final time with an expanded... 

49th Parallel

March 9, 2007

 49th Parallel

In 1940, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger proposed to make a film on a grand scale with movie stars and filming to predominantly take place in Canada. Set during the early years of World War II before the United States became involved, 49th Parallel... 

Flags of Our Fathers

February 21, 2007

 Flags of Our Fathers

In 2006, Clint Eastwood took on his most ambitious project yet: depicting the famous battle of Iwo Jima from both the American and Japanese perspectives. He had so much material and wanted to give equal time to both sides that he decided to make two films.... 

Flyboys

January 26, 2007

 Flyboys

Flyboys (2006) attempts to tell the story of the Lafayette Escadrille – American pilots who volunteered to fly in the French Air Service during World War. As the war rages on and millions of soldiers die, America has yet to enter the war. Inspired by... 

Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier

August 15, 2006

 Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier

Made only a few years after the Vietnam War ended, Apocalypse Now (1979) was Francis Ford Coppola’s ambitious fusion of Joseph Conrad’s novel Heart of Darkness and the madness of the American experience in that war. Riding high on the success of The... 

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