War

Thunder Birds (1942) William A. Wellman, Gene Tierney, Preston Foster, John Sutton, Drama, Romance, War

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On a secluded base in Arizona, veteran World War I pilot Steve Britt trains flyers to fight in World War II. One of his trainees, Englishman Peter Stackhouse, competes with Britt for the affections of Kay Saunders, the daughter of a local rancher. Despite their differences, Britt makes sure Sutton passes his training and becomes a combat pilot – even though he loses Kay to the young man in the process.

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Taistelun tie / The Road of War (1940) Risto Orko, Hilkka Helinä, Kyösti Kallio, Turo Kartto, Documentary, War

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The film presented the background of the war, the war itself and the reconstruction work begun right after the war. The opening credits of the film are followed by these words written by the director himself: “ONE HUNDRED DAYS of profound sacrifices, boundless efforts and spotless honor – dedicated to the memory of the Unknown Soldier.” In the days following the war, the declamatory tone of those words or of the heroic narration, written mainly by Turo Karto, didn’t seem false to Finnish viewers.

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Every Time We Say Goodbye (1986) Moshé Mizrahi, Tom Hanks, Cristina Marsillach, Benedict Taylor, Drama, Romance, War

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An American flyer who joined the RAF before his country was in the war is recovering from a leg injury in Jerusalem. Through an English friend he meets a quiet Jewish girl whose close-knit family originally came from Spain. The two are attracted to each other but she is convinced their diverse backgrounds mean it could never work; not only is he a gentile, his father is a protestant minister. So though they keep running into each other in the small community, they find themselves just as frequently parting again.

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Le Mur de l’Atlantique (1970) Marcel Camus, Bourvil, Peter McEnery, Sophie Desmarets, War, Comedy

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In 1944, Léon Duchemin , a restaurant owner living in Normandy, leads a peaceful life. His restaurant is frequented by German officers, black marketers and members of the French Resistance, but his clients’ exploits hold no interest for him at all. That is until an English airman falls out of the sky and lands in his daughter’s bed. From that day, his life takes an unexpected turn and he ends up as an unwitting agent of the Resistance…

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Tanková brigáda / Tank Brigade (1955) Ivo Toman, Otomar Krejca, Anonymous, Bedrich Prokos, War

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The film is depicting Czechoslovak tank brigade fighting along with the Red Army in the WW II. During the War Czechoslovak armored brigade was formed and trained in the Soviet Union. Although aware that they will be fighting mighty enemy and that many of them will not survive, that did not stop them. Brigade was performing successfully in the battles for Kiev, Rudi, Bela Czernaczovo Cerkev and became renown in the battles for Dukla i Ostrawa. The film also deals with the faith of one tank crew, which fights on the most difficult terrain covered by the Czechoslovak Independent Brigade. The destiny of the tank commander, sergeant Juraj Klimke was followed during the bloody battle at Dukla. Juraj shows that his harshness is only a mask and that he is in fact a shy and sensitive person. Battle scenes in the film were enacted by 3000 members of Czechoslovak Army.

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Shenandoah (1965) Andrew V. McLaglen, James Stewart, Doug McClure, Glenn Corbett, Drama, War, Western

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In Shenandoah, Virginia, widower farmer Charlie Anderson lives a peaceful life with his six sons – Jacob, James, Nathan, John, Henry and Boy, his daughter Jennie, and his daughter-in-law and James’ wife Ann Anderson. Charlie does not let his sons join the army to fight in the Civil War that he does not consider their war. Jennie marries her beloved Lieutenant Sam, but they do not have a honeymoon since Sam has to return to the front. Charlie’s youngest son Boy is mistakenly taken prisoner by soldiers from the North so Charlie rides with his sons to rescue Boy, while James and Ann stay on the farm. It is time of violence and war, and tragedy reaches the Anderson family.

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I 3 aquilotti / The Three Pilots (1942) Mario Mattoli, Michela Belmonte, Leonardo Cortese, Carlo Minello, Romance, War

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Three inseparable companions, the Air Force students Marco, Mario and Philip, are eagerly following courses for the achievement of the pilot’s license. They come to Caserta to spend a holiday with the mother and younger sister of Mario, and a romance blossoms between the sister and Mark. But the brother of the girl is stubbornly opposed to their engagement because he is not convinced of the seriousness of the intentions of Mark and so their friendship suffers. Having completed the courses, the students are separated and are being sent to their destinations on the battlefield. After several months the girl’s brother has an accident in his unit, he is wounded and forced to land on enemy grounds. One can guess the rest.

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Gibraltar / It Happened in Gibraltar (1938) Fyodor Otsep, Roger Duchesne, Erich von Stroheim, Viviane Romance, Drama, War

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In 1938, in Gibraltar to infiltrate terrorists who sabotage the boats with troups which should sail to Palestine, a British officer poses as a traitor… The pulpy Mercedes (Viviane Romance), a dancer in a seedy cabaret of Tangier “who draws men like light attracts butterflies…” is spying on behalf of the mysterious Marson interpreted masterfully by Erich Von Stroheim.

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Austeria / The Inn (1982) Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Franciszek Pieczka, Wojciech Pszoniak, Jan Szurmiej, Drama, War

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Austeria takes place during the opening days of World War I, in the Austro-Hungarian province of Galicia. Tag (Franciszek Pieczka) is a Jewish innkeeper whose inn (austeria means inn in the local Polish dialect) is located near the border with Russia. War has broken out and local civilians are fleeing the advancing Russian Army, and several groups of refugees have taken shelter in Tag’s inn for the night. A group of Hassidic jews from the neighboring village arrive, followed by an Austrian baroness on and a Hungarian hussar cut off from his unit…

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