Anthony “Swoff” Swofford, a Camus-reading kid from Sacramento, enlists in the Marines in the late 1980s. He malingers during boot camp, but makes it through as a sniper, paired with the usually-reliable Troy. The Gulf War breaks out, and his unit goes to Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield. After 175 days of boredom, adrenaline, heat, worry about his girlfriend finding someone else, losing it and nearly killing a mate, demotion, latrine cleaning, faulty gas masks, and desert football, Desert Storm begins. In less than five days, it’s over, but not before Swoff sees burned bodies, flaming oil derricks, an oil-drenched horse, and maybe a chance at killing. Where does all the testosterone go?
Aimee and Jaguar (1999) Max Färberböck, Maria Schrader, Juliane Köhler, Johanna Wokalek, Romance, Drama, War
In 1943, while the Allies are bombing Berlin and the Gestapo is purging the capital of Jews, a dangerous love affair blossoms between two women. One of them, Lilly Wust, married and the mother of four sons, enjoys the privileges of her stature as an exemplar of Nazi motherhood. For her, this affair will be the most decisive experience of her life. For the other woman, Felice Schragenheim, a Jewess and member of the underground, their love fuels her with the hope that she will survive.
Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell (1968) Melvin Frank, Gina Lollobrigida, Shelley Winters, Phil Silvers, Comedy, Romance, War
Twenty years after their initial war-time visit three U.S. servicemen hold a reunion at an Italian village. They all have fond memories, especially of local girl Carla. But she has been telling each of them that they are the father of her daughter Gia, so they have all been paying well for her upbringing. As this dawns on the threesome old rivalries surface, but times have changed and complications such as wives, middle-age, and the need to protect Gia’s future start to surface.
Trilogie : Wohin und Zurück / Welcome in Vienna (1982-1986) Axel Corti, Gabriel Barylli, Nicolas Brieger, Claudia Messner, Drama, War
Wien 1945. Der Zweite Weltkrieg ist zu Ende. Freddy Wolff und Georges Adler, österreichischer und deutscher Herkunft, sind in die USA emigriert und nun Soldaten in der amerikanischen Armee. Wien ist zerstört und in vier Besatzungszonen aufgeteilt. Die Stadt wird vom Schwarzmarkt beherrscht. Österreich nimmt sich als unschuldiges Opfer des Nationalsozialismus wahr und verweigert jegliche Aufarbeitung. Die Bevölkerung passt sich mehr schlecht als recht an das neue System an. Freddy lehnt jedoch die allgemeine Heuchelei ab und leidet an seiner Liebe für die junge Schauspielerin Claudia.
Zamani barayé masti asbha / A Time for Drunken Horses (2000) Bahman Ghobadi, Ayoub Ahmadi, Rojin Younessi, Amaneh Ekhtiar-dini, Drama, War
An Iranian Kurdish family is trying to survive after the death of its parents. Ayoub, the eldest boy in the family, becomes the head of the household and must do whatever work available to survive. Madi, Ayoub’s handicapped brother, is in need of a medical operation. Ayoub goes to great lengths to collect money for the operation by smuggling truck tires with a group of Kurdish villagers near the Iran-Iraq border…
Roman Polanski imbues his unflinchingly violent adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragedy of ruthless ambition and murder in medieval Scotland with grit and dramatic intensity. Jon Finch and Francesca Annis give performances charged with fury and sex appeal as a decorated warrior rising through the ranks and his driven wife, scheming together to take the throne by any means. Coadapted by Polanski and the great theater critic and dramaturge Kenneth Tynan, and shot against a series of stunning, stark British Isle landscapes, this version of Macbeth is among the most atmospheric and authentic of all Shakespeare films.
Flight of the Intruder (1991) John Milius, Danny Glover, Willem Dafoe, Brad Johnson, Action, Drama, Thriller, War
After his bombardier is killed, Jake Grafton, a carrier-based Intruder pilot, questions the purpose of Navy bombing missions. He finds an ally for his cynicism in Virgil Cole, a bombardier on his third tour of duty, and together they ponder the notion of one unsanctioned mission “downtown”, to “Sam City” in North Vietnam.
Father Goose (1964) Ralph Nelson, Cary Grant, Leslie Caron, Trevor Howard, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, War
During World War II South Sea beachcomber Walter Eckland is persuaded to spy on planes passing over his island. He gets more than he bargained for as schoolteacher Catherine Frenau arrives on the run from the Japanese with her pupils in tow!
Advance to the Rear (1964) George Marshall, Glenn Ford, Stella Stevens, Melvyn Douglas, Comedy, War, Western
In occupied Poland during WWII, a troupe of ham stage actors (led by Joseph Tura and his wife Maria) match wits with the Nazis. A spy has information which would be very damaging to the Polish resistance and they must prevent it’s being delivered to the Germans.