War Movie Miscellany

May 2011
New Iberia, La.
I am going to use this thread to share various content pertaining to war movies. Stuff like:
picture quizzes
information about upcoming movies

Feel free to join in, especially with recommendations. If I don't like your movie, I'm not going to criticize your choice. And share any information you may have.
May 2011
New Iberia, La.
BACK-STORY - "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930)

The first great anti-war film was based on the greatest anti-war novel ever written. Lewis Milestone took on the task of bringing Erich Remarque’s book to the screen and even considered casting Remarque as Paul Baumer. Lew Ayres won the role and was so affected by it that he became a pacifist and jeopardized his career by claiming conscientious objector status in WWII. His brave service as a medic helped regain much good will from the public. Milestone had learned filmmaking in the Signal Corps during WWI. He knew what war looked like from editing war footage. He recreated no man’s land on a ranch in California. Shell holes were blasted with dynamite and then filled with muddy rain water. A French village was built on a back lot and included a canal that was dug for the swimming scene. Twenty tons of black powder and ten tons of dynamite were used for the battle scenes. One explosion resulted in Milestone being hit by debris and knocked unconscious. 2,000 extras were found in California by requesting help from American Legion posts. The US Army could not provide soldiers because American doughboys could not appear in foreign uniforms on film. The 99 day shoot was double the planned 48. The $.9 million budget boomed to $1.4 million. It paid off as the movie was a smashing success and won the Best Picture Oscar. Milestone won Best Director and the film was nominated for Writing and Cinematography. It was ranked #54 on AFIs original list of the 100 greatest movies, but did not make the revised list issued in 2007! (See below for the list of war movies that made the list.) It was not a smashing success in Nazi Germany, a country Remarque had been forced to flee for his life. At its premiere, Goebbels had the Brown Shirts release mice, stink bombs, and sneezing powder to clear the theater. The movie was pulled after a week and not shown again in Germany until 1952 ( the year Remarque returned to his homeland ).
May 2011
New Iberia, La.
TRIVIA - Apocalypse Now

1. There are no credits at the beginning so for legal purposes “Apocalypse Now” is chalked on a wall in the temple complex.
2. The only full shot of Brando (standing in the doorway of the temple) is of a double. A much taller double.
3. Brando was hired for $3 million and insisted on being available for only three weeks, 5 days a week. He almost did not show up and when he did he had lied about being familiar with the book. He spent the first few days gabbing with Coppola in his trailer.
4. Brando hated working with Hopper. At one point in the film, he throws something at him and called him a “mutt”. That was improv.
5. Mrs. Coppola had witnessed a water buffalo sacrifice and urged her husband to incorporate it. That is a real animal that is being hacked to death. Coppola refused to do a second take.
6. Sheen was given last rites after his heart attack.
7. Coppola lost 100 pounds during the shoot.
8. Main scenes that were cut (and restored for “Apocalypse Now Redux”):
- meeting up with the Playmates and exchanging fuel for sex
- the French plantation – the PBR stops at a French plantation in an obvious attempt to bring the odyssey back in time to the 1950s (to show how perfectionism can border on lunacy, Coppola insisted the wines served at the dinner scene be chilled at a specific temperature! And then he didn’t even use the scene.)
9. Milius was a hawk and wanted one theme to be that the U.S. did not put in enough effort to win the war. He was upset that the film ended up being anti-war.
10. The Huey that air-lifted the PBR could not have performed that task.
11. Hopper refused to learn his lines, bathe, or change his clothes.
12. In the 35mm theatrical run, Coppola ran the exploding of the temple behind the credits. In the 70 mm limited release, that footage was not used.
13. Coppola hired the Ifugao tribe to come live on the temple set and live their lives.
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May 2011
New Iberia, La.

. “I love the smell of napalm in the morning. You know, one time we had a hill bombed, for 12 hours. When it was all over, I walked up. We didn’t find one of ‘em, not one stinkin’ dink body. The smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole hill. Smelled like … victory. Someday this war’s gonna end.” — Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore, “Apocalypse Now” (1979) kilgore-apocalypse-now[1].jpg
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May 2011
New Iberia, La.

“The Black Book” is a Dutch movie about the Resistance during WWII. It was directed with his usual flair for sex and violence by Paul Verhoeven. It is one of the best war movie to come out of Holland. It was released in 2006 and is well-respected among critics and audiences. It does have its haters, however.

A very comely young woman (Carice van Houten) seeks revenge for the murder of her parents by the Gestapo by joining the Resistance and going undercover to seduce a German officer. Romance ensues and the usual twists and turns of a spy movie. The movie has some plot holes and is unrealistic, but it is done with verve and is entertaining. It is amongst the best WWII espionage/resistance movies and possibly the most entertaining for a mass audience, especially women.
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Jan 2017
I can't vouch for historical accuracy, I liked these foreign war films:

Wooden Crosses (1932) French WW1 film

Fires On The Plain (1959) Japanese WW2 film. Doesn't get as much praise compared to the more sentimental Burmese Harp, this one is much bleaker (both directed by Kon Ichikawa)


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