Come and See The Human Condition trilogy The Ascent The Fifth Seal The Thin Red Line Bridge on the River Kwai Kanal Ashes and Diamonds Judgement at Nuremberg Das Boot The Shop on Main Street Fires on the Plain The Burmese Harp A Man Escaped Rome, Open City Paisan Germany Year Zero Big Red One Closely Watched Trains Brutality in Stone Grave of the Fireflies Au Revoir Les Enfants Army of Shadows Third Part of the Night Patton Cranes are Flying Ivan's Childhood Diamonds of the Night Passenger (1963) Night and Fog Shoah The Devils on the Doorstep Cross of Iron To Be or Not to Be Our Hitler: A Film from Germany The Puppetmaster (1993) Carriage to Vienna Ballad of a Soldier The Memory of Justice Hotel Terminus The Bridge City of Life and Death The Pianist The Tin Drum Black Book Bitter Victory The Sorrow and the Pity Life and Death of Colonel Blimp Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence Stalingrad (1993)
Post by therealcomicman117 on Jul 29, 2020 16:42:15 GMT
In addition to all those films mentioned, I also recommend,
Empire of the Sun Stalingrad The Big Red One Black Book To Be or Not to Be - I recommend both versions. Kelly's Heroes Attack (1956) Battle of Britain A Matter of Life and Death Hell in the Pacific Where Eagles Dare Hangmen Also Die!
Ballad of a Soldier is in my top ten of all-time and I think you'd really dig it. Very, very emotional with little of the film actually taking place on the battlefield, but rather on its effects back home.
Band of Brothers isn't a film, but I was thinking about it the other day and it might just be *the* most definitive and perfect film depicting the American side of WWII. Insanely well-made on all fronts.
The Human Condition trilogy is a hefty load, both in terms of run-time and bleakness, but it's absolutely worth it - the third is among my top 5 favorite films of the '60s.
As you were a fan of Spielberg's work in Schindler's List, of course I also gotta recommend two other Spielberg films: Saving Private Ryan (possibly my favorite Spielberg film and a launching point for Band of Brothers - that Spielberg produced - which would do it even better) and Empire of the Sun, which features maybe my favorite child performance ever in Christian Bale and is a much more down-to-earth approach to WWII compared to the other two Spielberg efforts.
Other recommendations in that vein:
Kanal - Very intimate, gritty Polish film about the Warsaw Uprising.
Judgment at Nuremberg - The Nuremberg trials. May not count as a WWII film per se, but it was maybe the first major film to discuss the concentration camps and is a strong companion piece with Schindler's List.
Army of Shadows - A more calculated approach depicting the French Resistance side of WWII. Melville himself (the director) was also part of the French Resistance.
The Cranes Are Flying - Like Ballad of a Soldier, another Soviet film about WWII that shows the effects of war at home. Like Ballad, incredibly moving and lyrical.
The Best Years of Our Lives - My favorite film of the 1940s and possibly in my top 50 of all-time. It's about three soldiers returning home from WWII, but for a film made under the Hollywood Hays Code, it's a surprisingly dark, authentic, and affecting look at PTSD and adjusting to the return home.
For some more satirical approaches, I'd recommend The Great Dictator and To Be or Not to Be (1942).
Not yet mentioned: Soldier of Orange (1977) Father of a Soldier (1964) Fate of a Man (1959) A Midnight Clear (1992) Biloxi Blues (1988) To End All Wars (2001) Enemy at the Gates (2001) Flame & Citron (2008) Overlord (1975)
Fateless from 2005 is one that has stayed with me. For the most part is about the experience of surviving on the camps but then comes the last part of the film and the main character utter some words that are impossible to forget, can't remember another WWII film going in that direction.
'There's a terror in knowing what the world is about'