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7 Great Foreign Language War Films You Should See

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So far the only one of the newer movies I've seen is Battle for Sevastopol.  Interesting movie.  I didn't know about the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lyudmilla Pavlichenko.  Liked the way the movie was woven together.

I have Days of Glory (Indigenes) but I'm having trouble getting the English subtitles to sync. 

Collecting the others to have a viewing of them and see if I agree with the title on the site of "7 Great Foreign Language War Films You Should See.'  Of course for me they need have English subtitles.

Saw Das Boot MANY years agoNow I'm interested in watching it again.

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Lot of movies are missing:

In french, "Indigenes" is not very good, you have plenty of movies by Pierre Schoendoerffer, such as Section 317 which are much better, you also have Capitaine Conan, by Tavernier which is excellent too:

 

 

 

In Italian, "La Granda Guerra" is excellent too.

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10 hours ago, jeanba said:

Lot of movies are missing:

In french, "Indigenes" is not very good, you have plenty of movies by Pierre Schoendoerffer, such as Section 317 which are much better, you also have Capitaine Conan, by Tavernier which is excellent too:

 

In Italian, "La Granda Guerra" is excellent too.

 

jeanba,

I agree, a lot of movies are missing.  The site I pointed to is of course someone's personal opinion.  But it showed me some movies I hadn't heard of.  Now I have some movies to look forward to watching.

"Section 317 (317th Platoon)" looks interesting.  That's an era and place I have an interest in.  I think I can find the movie and English subtitles for it.

While I'm not much of a World War I era fan, "Capitaine Conan" looks interesting from what I can find on it.  Unfortunately, I can't find English subtitles for it.

Is the italian "La Granda Guerra" a comedy from 1959?

 

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41 minutes ago, Geary said:

 

jeanba,

I agree, a lot of movies are missing.  The site I pointed to is of course someone's personal opinion.  But it showed me some movies I hadn't heard of.  Now I have some movies to look forward to watching.

"Section 317 (317th Platoon)" looks interesting.  That's an era and place I have an interest in.  I think I can find the movie and English subtitles for it.

While I'm not much of a World War I era fan, "Capitaine Conan" looks interesting from what I can find on it.  Unfortunately, I can't find English subtitles for it.

Is the italian "La Granda Guerra" a comedy from 1959?

 

Yes, it is an Italian comedy : at the same time funny, but very very ironical.

It happens during the battle of Caporetto.

I think Indigène is far below the 2 french movies I pointed out.

 

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East german movie: "Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt"

 

The book was school literature during GDR times. Was very good. It descriped the way of a young man from school to the battle fields, from enthusiastic war voluntary  to disenchanted man.

In the book the deciding battle was between germans and american troops, but the east german movie companie was not able to get Sherman tanks, so they changed it to a battle between germans and soviets.

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Gepard,

   Do you know if there are any English subtitles or translations of this movie?  Sounds interesting. From my short online search for this movie, I didn't find any handy to obtain or with English subs or subtitles.

jeanba,

  Can you suggest any good French movies about the French in Indochina leading up to 1954?  Hopefully, movies with English subtitles also.

 

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12 hours ago, Geary said:

 

jeanba,

  Can you suggest any good French movies about the French in Indochina leading up to 1954?  Hopefully, movies with English subtitles also.

 

The real specialist is Pierre Schoendorfer, so:

317èmer section, of course

Dien Bien Phu

 

He also made movies on the war in Algeria.

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I've seen the Dien Bien Phu movie online.  Will have to search to find a copy.

I've also seen a good movie about the war in Aigeria.  I don't remember who made it, though.

Thanks for the info.

 

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Two well known movies on Ageria war :

  • Lost Command (with Alain Delon and Anthony Quin)
  • Battle Of Algiers by Pontecuervi

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On 16.10.2019 at 8:54 PM, Geary said:

Gepard,

   Do you know if there are any English subtitles or translations of this movie?  Sounds interesting. From my short online search for this movie, I didn't find any handy to obtain or with English subs or subtitles.

It seems to be, that there is no english version, neighter subtitels nor synchronisation. Unfortunatly.

Edit: There should be an english version of that movie. In 1965 the movie was shown in Edinburgh (Scotland). But in the internet no such version is to find.

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I saw 'The Train" when I was quite young.  I agree it's worth watching.  Not classified as a "War" movie but right next to it.

It's much better than one of Burt Lancaster's last war movies, "Go Tell The Spartans."  This movie is pure disappointment.  I like Lancaster in it and the place and era, Vietnam in the early 60's before the US decides to go full bore there.  But the movie was done very cheaply and it shows.  I think it was filmed in someone's back yard with a home movie camera.  Lancaster looks a bit out of place in it.

One movie I've seen on Netflix, can find the book in different forms, but can't seem to find a DVD/BlueRay for it is "Siege at Jadotville."  About Irish UN Peacekeepers in the Congo in 1961.  Based on a true story.  Poor buggers got a lot more than they expected.  Good movie.  Not great, but good. 

 

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22 minutes ago, Geary said:

"Siege at Jadotville."

A bit off topic but I would agree with you.  It was better than I expected it to be.  Back on topic, another good movie is Dark Blue World.

Wizard

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Wizard43,

   I watched the trailer for Dark Blue World.  Looks like it's got some good flying scenes, but most of it seems to be about 'Romance.'  I have nothing against romance, some of my best relationships have been romantic, but personally, I don't care much to see 'romance' in War Movies.  I think it muddies the movie.

  Saying that, I have Pearl Harbor.  It's in my War Movies folder simply because it has some of the first great computer generated imagery in a war movie I had seen to that point.  One day when I get time, I plan to edit out the CGI flying scenes from that movie and a few other.  It will shorten the movies but make them much better in my opinion.

 Mission of Honor is another current movie I've seen about the Polish 303 Squadron during the Battle of Britain.  Again, too much romance muddying the movie but some good CGI flying stuff.

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The movie industry's cliche's are almost inevitable.  But it does have good flying and a good story and for that I can overlook the love story.  And the air sequences are realistic.  I can't stand CGI flying scenes that are unrealistic.  For example the current crop of Midway movies; Midway and Dauntless.

Wizard

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I trawl the late 40`s early 50`s black and white films ...you can find some epics...

one I recall cant remember title..charles bronson. decides to go after and get his commanding officer who due to being a coward gets his men killed,but after a while they band together and try fight their way out..

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On ‎10‎/‎18‎/‎2019 at 3:58 PM, Wizard43 said:

The movie industry's cliche's are almost inevitable.  But it does have good flying and a good story and for that I can overlook the love story.  And the air sequences are realistic.  I can't stand CGI flying scenes that are unrealistic.  For example the current crop of Midway movies; Midway and Dauntless.

Wizard

Yup, clichés are almost inevitable.  They have ruined a good war movie or two.  One in particular that comes to mind is 'Flight of the Intruder.'  Great A-6 flying and carrier deck scenes.  Cliché script and subpar acting.  Still... Intruder scenes.

I've seen trailers for Midway and Dauntless.  Dauntless CGI is a bit cartoonish, but still looking forward to watching those scenes. 

On ‎10‎/‎18‎/‎2019 at 8:07 PM, russouk2004 said:

I trawl the late 40`s early 50`s black and white films ...you can find some epics...

one I recall cant remember title..charles bronson. decides to go after and get his commanding officer who due to being a coward gets his men killed,but after a while they band together and try fight their way out..

There are some great black and white war flics out there.  'Command Decision' comes to mind even if it is more of a play/stage drama.

Don't know/recall what movie you speak of here.  Some of it sounds a bit like 'Attack.'

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