This is the story of a brave woman who volunteered to join SOE (Special Operations Executive) during WWII. She was flown into occupied France where she fought with the French resistance. Captured and tortured by the Gestapo, she refused to identify her accomplices.
Kradetzat na praskovi / The Peach Thief (1964) Vulo Radev, Nevena Kokanova, Rade Markovic, Mikhail Mikhajlov, Drama, Romance, War
World War I is coming to its end. Prisoners of war are coming into the town with Serb Ivo among them. During one of his escapes from the camp, he finds himself in a private garden. There he meets Lisa, the wife of the town-major – a severe and heartless colonel. She is sad, lonely and her meeting with the Serb develops into a deep mutual love. Their meetings become more frequent. But the lovers are doomed. The war prisoners are moved away and as Ivo comes to bid her farewell, he is shot to death.
Dragon Seed (1944) Harold S. Bucquet, Jack Conway, Katharine Hepburn, Walter Huston, Aline MacMahon, Drama, History, War
Ling Tang and his family live on his prosperous farm in rural Southern China and have not yet felt the impact of the Japanese invasion in the North. Tang’s two oldest sons, Lao Ta Tan and Lao Er Tan are married and hard working while youngest son Lao San Tan remains a free spirit. Er’s wife Jade is also willfully unconventional and desires to exercises her literacy skills by reading books, a most unfeminine practice in 1930’s China. Tang’s only daughter is married to Wu Lien, a city merchant who profits from selling Japanese goods. When the dreaded invasion reaches their village, the family is scattered as the sons join the resistance while Wu Lien survives by collaborating with the enemy.
Fixed Bayonets! (1951) Samuel Fuller, Richard Basehart, Gene Evans, Michael O’Shea, Action, Drama, War
Tmavomodrý svet / Dark Blue World (2001) Jan Sverák, Ondrej Vetchý, Krystof Hádek, Tara Fitzgerald, War, Drama, Action
March 15, 1939: Germany invades Czechoslovakia. Czech and Slovak pilots flee to England, joining the RAF. After the war, back home, they are put in labor camps, suspected of anti-Communist ideas. This film cuts between a post-war camp where Franta is a prisoner and England during the war, where Franta is like a big brother to Karel, a very young pilot. On maneuvers, Karel crash lands by the rural home of Susan, an English woman whose husband is MIA. She spends one night with Karel, and he thinks he’s found the love of his life. It’s complicated by Susan’s attraction to Franta. How will the three handle innocence, Eros, friendship, and the heat of battle? When war ends, what then?
Tisícrocná vcela / The Millennial Bee (1983) Juraj Jakubisko, Jozef Kroner, Stefan Kvietik, Michal Docolomanský, Comedy, Drama, War
A historic mega-film, one family saga, three generations (1887 -1917) assimilated to the bee community in the hive. The queen bee serves as a big mother that symbolizes the family and national roots, the power and meaning of tradition and the return to it. The mosaic of the bricklaying Pichanda family’s lives is made of love, hope, hard work, human understanding and also the tragedies of economic crisis, war and human malice. Dreams, symbols, and life in all its forms create a colored rainbow spanning from birth to death and from mystery to reality and back.
In the Meantime, Darling (1944) Otto Preminger, Jeanne Crain, Frank Latimore, Eugene Pallette, Comedy, War
A young bride who comes from a rich family has a hard time adjusting to life in a boarding house with other soldiers and their wives. Her spoiled ways cause resentment from the other wives and problems with her husband.
Lo squadrone bianco / White Squadron (1936) Augusto Genina, Fulvia Lanzi, Francesca Dalpe, Fosco Giachetti, War, Drama
Lieutenant Mario Ludovici, an army officer, gets himself transferred to a Libyan post when his romance with society girl Cristiana goes on the rocks. Ludovici is looked upon as a weakling by Captain Santelia, the hard-boiled commander of the troops, but after a bitter campaign against a rebel tribe Ludovici proves his true worth and returns as commander when Santelia is mortally wounded. Cristiana arrives and tries to entice him to return to Rome, but he decides to stay in Africa with the army.
Le soldatesse / The Camp Followers (1965) Valerio Zurlini, Anna Karina, Lea Massari, Marie Laforêt, Drama, War
Il Cristo proibito / The Forbidden Christ (1951) Curzio Malaparte, Raf Vallone, Rina Morelli, Alain Cuny, Drama, Mystery, War
Back in his village, former war prisoner Bruno Baldi is dead set on avenging his brother who has been shot by a German firing squad after being given away by a villager. But nobody wants to give him the name of the culprit. At long last, Antonio, a joiner, reveals the informer but this comes at a cost.