OT: Your Favorite War Movies

Ron_M

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Anyone seen They Shall Not Grow Old, dir. Peter Jackson?

Yes, I mentioned this as a fave, a page or 2 back. Great footage, and I love the matter-of-fact commentary from those who were there. I also recommend, "The Cold Blue", if you haven't seen it. Some (to me) surprising facts revealed; for example, the average temp in a B17 flying at altitude was -40, so frostbite was common problem.

I almost forgot to mention my all-time favorite, The Fog of War. A doc piece on McNamara reflecting on his roles in both the WWII and the Vietnam War. Regardless of your feelings about him, it's a compelling film.
 

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I remember McNamara saying he and LeMay would have been brought up on war crimes charges if the US had lost the war.
Pretty candid stuff(though not a war movie per say)
 

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I remember finding Hogan's Heros funny when I was a kid, and haven't seen it since, but I think it was an odd choice of subject for a comedy twenty years after the war ended. I mean I wouldn't expect a sitcom about 9/11 to be well received these days ...
The joke (and I LOVE this) is that the actors playing the Germans were almost to a man, Jewish.
 

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Flight of the Intruder
We Were Soldiers
Fire Base Gloria
Midway (1976 version)
Tora! Tora! Tora!
 

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I just saw Mosul on Netflix, and it was very gritty and action-packed, if you don’t mind subtitles.
It was good. On a related note, I cant stand anything about Sacha Baron Cohen personally, but his portrayal of Eli Cohen in Spy is the best thing he's ever done.
 

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So many. Platoon affected me like I didn't think it would. I'm interested in Tom Hanks new one coming out - 'Greyhound.'
 

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What do you like? I played at Dumont's in Aachen and was drinking Gaffel Kölsch (I think?)-- I liked it, but the bartender said something like "HO HO HO THAT IS GAY COLOGNE BEER." It was was the main thing they were serving, so I think he was just playing around.
Cool! I visited the Dumonts quite often in earlier days. "Gaffel Kölsch" from cologne is a big player in the western part of Germany being "Kölsch" a brewery method like "Pils" or "Lager". It`s definitely better than "Krombacher" and "Warsteiner". Cologne is the gay capital of Germany so he might have referred to that. Kölsch is also sometimes called "girl`s beer" being comparatively sweet.

If available I recommend you to try all beers from the "Rothaus"-brewery. It`s the last state-run brewery in Germany providing amongst others the wonderful "Tannenzäpfle" (actually "fir cone"). Very delicious!
 

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The joke (and I LOVE this) is that the actors playing the Germans were almost to a man, Jewish.
Werner Klemperer (Klink), John Banner (Schultz), Leon Askin (Burkhalter), and Robert Clary (LeBeau) are all Jewish. Klemperer supposedly only took the role contingent upon Hogan and his men getting the better of Klink every time.
 

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Was Howard Caine (Cohen) Jewish too? He played Hochstetter
So the 4 main German characters were all played by Jews.
 

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The joke (and I LOVE this) is that the actors playing the Germans were almost to a man, Jewish.
I have seen a thing on streaming where a man actor of arab descent is playing a jewish man.
 

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I'm probably one of only a few "dudes" who doesn't like war movies. Or horror, gore and stuff like that in general. Life can be traumatic enough, I want to laugh and groove and cheer as a spectator.
 

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I remember finding Hogan's Heros funny when I was a kid, and haven't seen it since, but I think it was an odd choice of subject for a comedy twenty years after the war ended. I mean I wouldn't expect a sitcom about 9/11 to be well received these days ...
I happened to be watching it recently, and my daughters -25 & 27, were completely flipped out about it. They simply couldn’t believe that you could make a comedy show about the Nazis like that. And I couldn’t really understand there reaction, because to me it was just another war show/movie, and I had been brought up on all of that, so I never even blinked or gave it a thought that it might be controversial. Goes to show you the differences in a generation!
 

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Mine are both fairly recent docs.

The Cold Blue; personal accounts of B17 missions. It's all about the stories and the memories.
The score for Cold Blue was written by one of my favorite artists... the great British singer/songwriter/guitarist Richard Thompson. The score is a departure for him, as it is closer to modern classical music than his usual folk/ rock fare, but it sounds quite good.
 

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I happened to be watching it recently, and my daughters -25 & 27, were completely flipped out about it. They simply couldn’t believe that you could make a comedy show about the Nazis like that. And I couldn’t really understand there reaction, because to me it was just another war show/movie, and I had been brought up on all of that, so I never even blinked or gave it a thought that it might be controversial. Goes to show you the differences in a generation!
Have they seen Blazing Saddles and The Producers?
 


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