World War 2 History Club

Movie Night  --  2015 

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     Movie Night Date/Times

  • 3rd Wednesday of the Month

  • 6PM to 9PM

  • Seabreeze Recreation Center

 

  • Refreshments available (coffee & ice water )

  • Open to all Villages residents and their guests

  • No advance signup or registration required … no charge; just show up and enjoy

Previous Months/Years

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2012 2013 2014   List of all WWII Films (Wikipedia)
Date Movie
16-Dec-2015

Paris 1919   This award winning film expertly blends re-enactments with archival footage to transport you to one of the most important summit meetings of the 20th Century.  The film chronicles an extraordinary event that dissolved empires, redrew maps, engineered the Treaty of Versailles, and created far-reaching consequences that led directly to WWII and continue to afflict and trouble our world today.

  

18-Nov-2015 Good Night and Good Luck

 

Edward R Murrow, the voice of London during WWII and the father of broadcast journalism, takes a stand against Joe McCarthy.  An excellent film with a terrific performance by David Strathairn as Murrow

21-Oct-2015 Tea With Mussolini

Florance, 1935  The love affair between the artistically-inclined English community and Florence was soon to be overshadowed by the clouds of war.  But at the moment the sun is still shining on the squares and statues, and the dictator Mussolini is the gentleman who makes the trains run on time.

Something a little different ... A nicely presented film with typically excellent performances by Maggie Smith and Judi Dench.  Based on the autobiography of the film's director.

16-Sep-2015 Casablanca

One of the best films of all time (on everyone's top 10 list); a film you can see again and again and never tire of it.  Lots more ...

19-Aug-2015

Hiroshima depicts the period from April 1945 to August 1945 when Harry S Truman must come to grips with the Atomic bomb and its potential implications.  Truman, the successor to the Oval Office after the late President Roosevelt died suddenly, is plagued with decisions (for which he has little preparation) that could save or cost tens of thousands of lives.   He is briefed on the nuclear weapons project -- which he approves -- and then must decide if it should be used.  Although we know how it will end, the film builds excellent tension. 

This film was a joint Canadian-Japanese effort with careful attention to details, and actors who actually look like the people they portray.  The blending of contemporary and historic film footage is excellent.

15-Jul-2015 A Bridge Too Far

Operation Market Garden was Montgomery's (Sep 1944) plan for a narrow thrust through Holland into Germany and a rapid end to the war in Europe.  This 1977 docudrama is a well acted and reasonably accurate telling of this failed operation   The cast of characters is typical of many "war epics" including Sean Connery, Ryan ONeal, Dirk Bogard, Gene Hackman, Jeremy Kemp, Edward Fox, Michael Caine, Anthonly Hopkins, James Caan, Liv ullmann, Elliott Gould, Ben Cross, Denholm Elliott, Lawrence Oliver, Robert Redford, and John Ratzenberger; plus archive footage featuring a host of axis and allied commanders.

17-Jun-2015 The Desert Fox: The story of Rommel

Starring James Mason, Cedric Hartwicke and Jessica Tandy, this 1953 docudrama presents the last several years of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel from his successes in North Africa to his command of the defenses at Normandy to his involvement in the July Plot to assassinate Hitler.

20-May-2015 Unbroken

After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.  Zamperini endures a lifetime of neglect, starvation, punishment and torture.  He remains unbroken and eventually forgives his tormentors

15-Apr-2015 Valkyrie

Starring Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh and Tom Wilkinson,  the film is a dramatization of the 20 July 1944 assassination and political coup plot by desperate renegade German Army officers against Hitler during World War II.

18-Mar-2015 Pursuit of the Graf Spee (alternate title is The Battle of the River Plate)

This 1960 film stars Peter Finch and Anthony Quale.  WWII has just started and the German heavy cruiser (pocket battleship) "surface raider" Graf Spee has uncontested control of the Atlantic. In just 3 months, she sunk 9 Allied ships. Desperate to stop her, the British dispatch three cruisers to find and sink the Graf Spee.  On 13-Dec-1939, the British cruisers met and engaged the Grap Spee.

 

18-Feb-2015 Casablanca

Starring Humphrey Bogart,  Ingrid Bergman, Claude Reins, Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre, the film is set in North Africa during the early days of WWII,  An American expatriate of questionable background is now running a nightclub, Rick's Place, in Casablanca.  His former lover walks in one evening which sets up unforeseen complications.  Nominated for 8 Oscars, the film won three including Best Picture.  Released in 1942 just as Operation Torch was underway, Casablanca is one of the all time great films and is on everyone's Best Picture List.  6 of the 100 all time best movie lines are from Casablanca.  Click here for more info on this great film

27-Feb-2015

 

  An Evening of WWII Music

21-Jan-2015

The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 British WW II film based on the novel The Bridge over the River Kwai by French author Pierre Boulle. The film is a dramatization of one group of Allied POWs, their work on the Burma Railway in 1942/43 and the titanic struggle between the Allied Commanding Officer and the Japanese POW Camp Commandant.  Alec Guinness, Sessue Hayakawa, William Holden, and Jack Hawkins star in this David Lean film that won 7 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actor (Guinness)

In 1997, this film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and selected for preservation in the United States Library of Congress National Film Registry.

   
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Date Last Updated:  01-Jun-2017


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