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Please recommend me a good war film set in WW1. Many thanks you lovely bunch of people.
but I really need a film to show tomorrow
paths to glory
johnny got his gun
oh what a lovely war
Imagine that you were going to be running a sort of a film group for a select group of people (none of whom had great general knowledge about WW1). Which would be the best film to engage their interest and enthusiasm in the subject? The more straightforward the better to be honest.
anti war film really, its interesting to see a german sentiment anti war film.
Paths of Glory is about french commander getting unfairly prosecuted, i suppose authorities/high command wanted to get scapegoats for everything and is excellantly played and directed,
Johnny Got his gun is really perhaps the most depressing (which it should be) film you will ever see (told in flashbacks/memories, of a very badly injured soldier.
Oh what a lovely war - it being a musical to satirise does not make it bad taste at all, it actually adds to the sadness, specially when you realise that the troops did sing their own songs like this...I challenge anyone to watch it through and then NOT cry at the final panning shot
And as creaky says interesting to get a different point of view.
but it is old, and some people dont like old films.
I would want everyone to see oh what a lovely war, but i know everyone doesnt like musicals...i'd show this if i were feeling brave.
You cant go wrong with paths to Glory, although its scope might not be as broad as 'oh what a lovely war' or 'all quiet' which kind of has a much broader canvas.
I would not show johnny got his gun....too harrowing, people might hate you for showing it to them
if you think old film is ok then go for 'All quiet otwf'
As Balonz says, there is 'gallipoli' it does have suitably sensless slaughter which really engenders an emotion of anger at the pointlessness of the attacks, but when i watched this with my swedish housemate she got a bit of the wrong end of the stick and started hating the british in that conflict (for them not supporting the aussies) when it was obviously not the british but the high command and many high commanders everywhere in that war, who should be more suitable targets of blame, it therefore obviously didnt convey the generalised fruitlessness of the slaughter on all sides.
All quiet on the western front DOES convey the pointlessness well, specially with a magnificently staged epic battle with slaughtersome attack followed by a slaughtersome counter attack where the ground gained at great expense is immediately lost......this film probably helped convey that general aspect about WWI visually (looking at it critically the germans do look slightly more fusto, than the french....but it is very very equal in its portrayal for the time and is very brave in its general sentiment that the french and german troops were essentially just the same and that they were equally victims of the 'machines and materials of war'. It definately gave me an impression that this was more war against humans and the landscape rather than sides and governments
One of my favourite films
then you can smash one out to Mel Gibson if you get bored