All films will screen in our Orientation Center at 2pm. Titles are subject to change. Check our website www.nationalww2museum.org/calendar for the most up to date information.
Days of Glory (Indigenes) – 2006 – from Algeria
Algeria, 1943, through Italy and France, to Alsace in early 1945, with a coda years later. Arabs volunteer to fight Nazis to liberate France, their motherland. We follow Saïd, dirt poor, an orderly for a grizzled sergeant, Martinez, a pied noir with some willingness to speak up for his Arab troops; Messaoud, a crack shot, who in Province falls in love with a French woman who loves him back; and Abdelkader, a corporal, a budding intellectual with a keen sense of injustice. The men fight with courage against a backdrop of small and large indignities: French soldiers get better food, time for leave, and promotions. Is the promise of liberty, equality, and fraternity hollow? Nominated for 2007 Best Foreign Film Oscar. Another 5 wins and 12 nominations internationally. In French and Arabic with English subtitles.
Open City, Rome – 1945 – from Italy
Rome, 1944. Giorgio Manfredi, one of the leaders of the Resistance, is tracked down by the Nazis. He goes to his friend Francesco's, and asks Pina, Francesco's fiancée, for help. Pina must warn a priest, Don Pietro Pellegrini, that Giorgio needs to leave the town as soon as possible ...Oscar nominated. Won the Grand Prize of the Festival at the 1946 Cannes Film Festival. In Italian with English subtitles.
Stage Door Canteen – 1943 – from USA
"Dakota," a young soldier on a pass in New York City, visits the famed Stage Door Canteen, where famous stars of the theatre and films appear and host a recreational center for servicemen during the war. Dakota meets a pretty young hostess, Eileen, and they enjoy the many entertainers and a growing romance. Nominated for two 1944 Academy Awards.
Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence – 1983 – from UK/Japan
In 1942 British soldier Jack Celliers comes to a Japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline, honor and glory. In his view, the allied prisoners are cowards when they chose to surrender instead of committing suicide. One of the prisoners, interpreter John Lawrence, tries to explain the Japanese way of thinking, but is considered a traitor. Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins and 6 nominations at international festivals.
Hope and Glory – 1987 – from UK
Bill Rohan, a young boy living on the outskirts of London experiences the exhilaration of World War II, as seen through the eyes of director John Boorman, who also wrote and produced the autobiographical film. During this period, Bill learns about sex, death, love, hypocrisy, and the faults of adults as he prowls the ruins of bombed houses on Rosehill Avenue. His childlike father is off chasing patriotic dreams of glory from behind a military clerk's typewriter; his teenage sister runs wild; his mother can't cope; and everything in the end will eventually turn out all right. Nominated for 5 Oscars, including Best Picture. Another 15 wins and 18 nominations for international film awards.
Stalingrad – 1993 – from Germany/Russia
"Stalingrad" follows the progress of a German Platoon through the brutal fighting of the Battle of Stalingrad. After having half their number wiped out and after being placed under the command of a sadistic Captain, the Lieutenant of the platoon leads his men to desert. The men of the platoon attempt to escape from the city which is now surrounded by the Soviet Army. Won three Bavarian Film Awards.
The Young Lions – 1958 – from USA/Germany
The destiny of two soldiers during World War II. The German officer Christian approves less and less of the war, while the American GI Ackerman climbs the military hierarchy. Nominated for three Academy Awards. Marlon Brando won a Golden Laurel for Top Male Dramatic Performance.
Die Brucke (The Bridge) – 1959 – from West Germany
A group of German boys is ordered to protect a small bridge in their home village during the waning months of the second world war. Truckloads of defeated, cynical Wehrmacht soldiers flee the approaching American troops, but the boys, full of enthusiasm for the "blood and honor" Nazi ideology, stay to defend the useless bridge. Nominated for 1960 Best Foreign Film Award. Won 1960 Golden Globe and 12 other international best film awards. In German with English subtitles.
Lacombe, Lucien – 1974 – France
A small town in the south-west of France, summer of 1944. Having failed to join the resistance, the 18 year old Lucien Lacombe, whose father is a prisoner in Germany and whose mother dates her employer, works for the German police. He then meets France Horn, the daughter of a rich Jewish tailor. This film was nominated for Best Foreign Film Oscar and won BAFTA, UN, and French Syndicate Best Film awards. In French with English subtitles.