Throughout the second half of the twentieth century, several European countries this super-productions made epic in which important events in their national history, the struggles against the Ottoman Empire were narrated. In the case of Hungary, this film based on one of the most famous books in Hungarian literature, “Stars of Eger” by Géza Gárdonyi, is the most representative.
The Last of the Mohicans (1936) George B. Seitz, Randolph Scott, Binnie Barnes, Henry Wilcoxon, Adventure, Drama, History
In the year 1756, Fort William Henry on Lake George is under siege by the French and Hurons under General Montcalm. Alice and Cora Munro, young daughters of the British Commander, Colonel Munro, set out from Albany to join their father at the fort. They are accompanied by Major Duncan Heyward, who has loved Alice for a long time, and by a renegade Huron named Magua. He leads them astray with the view of betraying them into the hands of a wandering party of Hurons, but his plans are foiled by Hawkeye, a Colonial scout, when he and his comrades, Chingachgook and his son Uncas, rescue the party and conduct them safely to the fort. Shortly after wards, Munro surrenders on honorable terms to Montcalm and is permitted to march out of the fort under arms and colors. He is then mortally wounded by Magua during a massacre by the Indians as the fort is being evacuated. Cora and Alice are carried off by Magua and Heyward, aided by Hawkeye, Chingachgook and Uncas, sets out in search of them.
Foucault contre lui même / Foucault Against Himself (2014) François Caillat, Leo Bersani, Georges Didi-Huberman, Didier Eribon, Documentary, Biography, History
Il Messia / The Messiah (1975) Roberto Rossellini, Pier Maria Rossi, Mita Ungaro, Carlos de Carvalho, Biography, History
I sequestrati di Altona / The Condemned of Altona (1962) Vittorio De Sica, Sophia Loren, Maximilian Schell, Fredric March, Drama, History
Malta Story (1953) Brian Desmond Hurst, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Anthony Steel, Drama, History, War
In 1942 Britain was clinging to the island of Malta since it was critical to keeping Allied supply lines open. The Axis also wanted it for their own supply lines. Plenty of realistic reenactments and archival combat footage as the British are beseiged and try to fight off the Luftwaffe. Against this background, a RAF reconnaissance photographer’s romance with a local girl is endangered as he tries to plot enemy movements.
Stanley and Livingstone (1939) Henry King, Otto Brower, Spencer Tracy, Nancy Kelly, Richard Greene, Adventure, Drama, History
When American newspaperman and adventurer Henry M. Stanley comes back from the western Indian wars, his editor James Gordon Bennett sends him to Africa to find Dr. David Livingstone, the missing Scottish missionary. Stanley finds Livingstone (“Dr. Livingstone, I presume.”) blissfully doling out medicine and religion to the happy natives. His story is at first disbelieved. When Livingstone later dies, Stanley returns to continue the good doctor’s work (which, of course, never really happened).
Ba-rakia ha-hamishi / The Fifth Heaven (2011) Dina Zvi-Riklis, Amit Moshkovitz, Yehezkel Lazarov, Alena Yiv, Drama, History
Mivtza Hamaniya / Operation Sunflower (2014) Avraham Kushnir, Yehoram Gaon, Baruch Brener, Daniella Kertesz, Drama, History
The Iranians are bringing missiles out of their bunkers and within an hour and a half they will be prepared to “push the button” and launch the missiles at any point in Israel. Against the time that is running out, a drama is being reconstructed. It is a political, scientific and human drama that took place in Jerusalem and Paris during the 1950’s – 60’s. On his return from a trip to a concentration camp, Ben Gurion gives an order to develop Israel’s nuclear option – as an insurance policy for the remainder of the Jewish people. At the time only the USA, Great Britain and Russia had the bomb.
Custer of the West (1967) Robert Siodmak, Robert Shaw, Mary Ure, Ty Hardin, Biography, Drama, History
The story of U.S. Army commander George Armstrong Custer, a flamboyant hero of the Civil War who later fought and was exterminated with his entire command by warring Sioux and Cheyenne tribes at the battle of Little Big Horn in 1876.