War

Breaking the Sound Barrier (1952) David Lean, Ralph Richardson, Ann Todd, Nigel Patrick, Drama, Romance, War

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Tony successful fighter pilot during World War II marries into the family of a wealthy oil magnate who also designs airplanes. The movie traces the company’s attempt to break the sound barrier, as well as tensions between father and daughter. Lots of footage of early 50s jet aviation in Great Britain as well as shots of the Comet airliner, world’s first jet passenger plane.

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Westfront 1918: Vier von der Infanterie / Westfront 1918 (1930) Georg Wilhelm Pabst, Fritz Kampers, Gustav Diessl, Hans-Joachim Möbis, Drama, Romance, War

Westfront 1918 (Georg Wilhelm Pabst, 1930)
A group of German infantrymen of the First World War live out their lives in the trenches of France. They find brief entertainment and relief in a village behind the lines, but primarily terror fills their lives as the attacks on and from the French army ebb and flow. One of the men, Karl, goes home on leave only to discover the degradation forced on his family by wartime poverty. He returns to the lines in time to face an enormous attack by French tanks.

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Tuntematon sotilas / The Unknown Soldier (1955) Edvin Laine, Kosti Klemelä, Heikki Savolainen, Reino Tolvanen, Drama, War

Tuntematon sotilas (1955)
It is the summer of 1941. An eastern-Finnish machine gun company receives an order to turn in their surplus equipment. The company is transferred to the front lines. The next morning the soldiers wake to the sound of guns – the war has begun. The Finnish troops attack and quickly move across the border. The young, nervous rookies of the company get their baptism of fire, and the men become familiar with death and the hardships of war. Under strength and badly equipped they fight a superior enemy. The lists of heroes and of the dead seem endless. Edvin Laine’s epic interpretation of Väinö Linna’s war novel “Tuntematon Sotilas” is an entire chapter in the book of Finnish movie history.

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Names Engraved in Marble / Nimed marmortahvlil (2002) Elmo Nüganen, Priit Võigemast, Indrek Sammul, Hele Kõre, Drama, Romance, War

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Two brothers choose the opposite sides in a civil war of a small country. November 1918 the army of Soviet Union conquers cities of Narva and Petseri cities despite of their peaceful announcements. Government of Estonia declares general mobilization. Ahas, son from a poor family, in his inner struggles, joins the troop of his classmates and heads for the front. Through battles and adventures Ahas and his companions grow up, but destiny has some bitter surprises to offer.

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Kampen om tungtvannet / Operation Swallow: The Battle for Heavy Water (1948) Jean Dréville, Titus Vibe-Müller, Jens A. Poulsson, Johannes Eckhoff, Arne Kjelstrup, Action, Drama, War

Kampen om tungtvannet (Jean Dreville & Titus Vibe-Muller, 1948)
A reconstruction of the two last sabotage actions against the Norsk Hydro Heavy Water (Deuterium, D2O) plant at Vemork, Rjukan, in 1943-44. After the first two allied attempt of stopping the production by British soldiers and American bombings, allied trained young local patriots became successful saboteurs. First by undermining the factory, and later after a rebuild, the sinking of the heavily guarded ferry trying to transport the heavy water to Germany, on Lake Tinnsjo.

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Red Ball Express (1952) Budd Boetticher, Jeff Chandler, Alex Nicol, Charles Drake, Drama, War

Red Ball Express (1952)
August 1944: proceeding with the invasion of France, Patton’s Third Army has advanced so far toward Paris that it cannot be supplied. To keep up the momentum, Allied HQ establishes an elite military truck route. One (racially integrated) platoon of this Red Ball Express encounters private enmities, bypassed enemy pockets, minefields, and increasingly perilous missions, leavened by a touch of comedy.

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