CEASE FIRE
1953, Kino Lorber, 75 min, USA, Dir: Owen Crump

This unique and unforgettable war documentary (one of the first of its kind in 3-D) features real American soldiers re-enacting a Korean War operation as Lieutenant Thompson and 13 others in his platoon face countless hurdles that all lead to a harrowing finale. The re-enactments are spliced with real battle footage from the mission that blurs the line between reality and fiction. The New York Times called it “a robust, hair-raising realization of the ruggedness of the foot soldiers’ war in the ugly hills of Korea.”


THE CAINE MUTINY
1954, Sony Repertory, 124 min, USA, Dir: Edward Dmytryk

A superb ensemble cast, including Humphrey Bogart, Jose Ferrer, Fred MacMurray and Van Johnson, leads this classic adaptation of Herman Wouk's novel. Bogart is Captain Queeg, a paranoid authoritarian whose men (led by Johnson and MacMurray) stage a mutiny in the last days of WWII. Ferrer is the brilliant military lawyer who takes on the case once the ship returns to port. Lee Marvin is on hand as a crewman and E.G. Marshall is a withering prosecutor at the court-martial.


DUNKIRK
2017, Warner Bros. Pictures, 106 min, Dir: Christopher Nolan

At the end of May, 1940, hundreds of thousands of British, French and Belgian soldiers found themselves surrounded by enemy forces, trapped on a beach on the northern coast of France. The unprecedented evacuation of the Allied forces has gone down in history as the “miracle of Dunkirk.” With an emphasis on powerful visuals over dialogue, this stirring WWII epic dramatizes the operation through three interwoven stories taking place on land, on sea and in the air, and never has Nolan’s talent for nonlinear narrative been put to better use. The fine ensemble cast includes Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy. A huge box office success, the acclaimed film has been nominated for eight Oscars, for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Production Design. “A tour de force of cinematic craft and technique, but one that is unambiguously in the service of a sober, sincere, profoundly moral story that closes the distance between yesterday’s fights and today’s.” - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times.


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