The 12th Man 2017

Released US  May 4th, 2018   (English subtitled)

Twelve men in the Norwegian resistance force were captured by the Nazis, and all were killed but Jan (Thomas Gullestad). Now with the Nazis in hot pursuit, the lone survivor fights for his life and endures the icy Scandinavian landscape. Jonathan Rhys Meyers also stars. Based on a true story, this film was directed by Harold Zwart.

Catch 22 (WW2 series on Hulu)

‘CATCH 22’ WW2 SERIES

GATHERS A HANDSOME SQUAD

 George Clooney is producing CATCH 22 World War 2 television series based on Joseph Heller‘s novel, and that he is also directing and starring in it, but now the rest of the cast has been revealed as well and brace yourself – it is filled with tons of super handsome boys. George Clooney and Kyle Chandler will play their colonels.
Christopher Abbott leads the cast!

 

WHAT’S THE CATCH?

Hulu’s ten episode series will be set in Italy during World War II, following incomparable, artful dodger Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a bombardier for the U.S. Air Force, who is furious
because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy, but rather his own army which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to avoid his military assignments, he’ll be in violation of CATCH 22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule which specifies that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers which are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind; a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but a request to be removed from duty is evidence of sanity and therefore makes him ineligible to be relieved from duty.
Kyle Chandler will play Colonel Cathcart

 

WHO’S IN THE SQUADRON?

Daniel David Stewart will play Milo, a quintessential Brooklyn native, possessed with the fierce determination and charm to bring his grand plans to fruition. Milo is a war profiteer who has figured out how to put himself in the Mess hall supervisor position in order to begin his trading syndicate.

Austin Stowell will portray Nately, Yossarian’s closest friend. He is someone who had lived his young life without trauma and is in love with Clara, a prostitute in Rome. R

 

Rafi Gavron will play Aarfy, Yossarian’s navigator who is frequently lost. When he starts recounting stories we get a glimpse into his darker mind and soon see it manifest on a weekend away.

 

Graham Patrick Martin will portray Orr, Yossarian’s tentmate, and pilot of another plane in Yossarian’s squadron. Orr is very well liked and has a goofy demeanour; he is also a great handyman who has a specific skill set to see him through the war.

 

Pico Alexander will play Clevinger, the pilot of another plane. He and Yossarian enjoy each other’s company, yet each believes the other is a fool for holding the worldview he holds.

 

 

Jon Rudnitsky is McWatt, Yossarian’s pilot. He is a prankster who in his spare time likes to fly too low to any and all structures. He thinks he understands how world works and is not afraid to give his opinions about it.

 

 

 

Gerran Howell will play Kid Sampson, McWatt’s shy, boyish co-pilot, whose unspectacular and unremarkable life will end, spectacularly and remarkably, at McWatt’s hands. 

 

Lewis  Pullman is Major Major, an Air Corps Cadet who later becomes Squadron Commander. He has never had friends and tries to figure out the best way to go unnoticed through the war.

 

Hitler’s Circle of Evil (Netflix)

This is the story of the rise and fall of the Third Reich told like the drama it really was: through the personal relationships of the movers and shakers of the most evil regime in history.

They were Hitler’s henchmen—the small gaggle of misfits, careerists and fanatical Nazis who had the ear of the Fuhrer. Those whose job it was to make his brutal vision a reality. Men like ex-chicken farmer and leader of the SS—Heinrich Himmler, Hitler’s adoring but mentally unhinged deputy—Rudolf Hess, fighter ace turned morphine addict—Herman Goering and sex-crazed propaganda chief—Josef Goebbels. As they scrabble for power, they will turn on each other in a murky atmosphere of intrigue, betrayal and murder.

 

Airs on: Netflix (March)
Schedule: Tuesdays at 19:30 (60 min)
Status: Ended
Show Type: Documentary
Genres: Drama War History
Episodes ordered: 10 episodes

Official site: zdf-enterprises.de

 

Summerland – First Poster

WITH GEMMA ARTERTON IN WW2

The first poster for Gemma Arterton‘s new drama SUMMERLAND set in WW2! In this love story, Gemma plays fiercely independent writer Alice who secludes herself in her study: occupied by her work but also profoundly lonely, haunted by a love affair from her past. When spirited young Frank, an evacuee from the London Blitz, is dumped into her irritable care, his innocence and wonder awaken Alice’s deeply buried emotions. Bravely embracing life’s miraculous unpredictability, Alice learns that wounds may be healed, hope and second chances do exist, and any woman must defiantly be two things: who and what she wants.

The film comes from Judi Dench’s Red Joan producers

Dresden 2006

 

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Although the language is in English and German, this TV film never made it to the USA. Fortunately, I was able to view it and thought this a lost film of great romance.  One of John Light’s best performances, in my book.  You can feel the real intensity of the bombs dropping on Dresden, as you a person caught on the ground, seeking shelter.

Dresden (2006) focuses on an extraordinary historic event in connection with a tragic love story of a woman between two men. In January 1945, the young nurse Anna Mauth, working at a hospital in Dresden, becomes engaged to senior physician Benjamin Wenninger. At the same time, an English Lancaster bomber is shot down. The pilot Robert Newman, the only survivor, manages to reach the city severely injured and hides in the hospital’s cellar. Anna discovers him incidentally thinking he is a German deserter, but finally decides to help Robert

 

Entire movie with English Subtitles on Youtube

Purchase in UK

 

John Light, a downed British bomber pilot hides among the people of Dresden in a German uniform.

 

https://youtu.be/IDyj2zMpxTo

Wartime Christmas

 

Joyeux Noel 2005

Joyeux Noel captures a rare moment of grace from one of the worst wars in the history of mankind, World War I. On Christmas Eve, 1914, as German, French, and Scottish regiments face each other from their respective trenches, a musical call-and-response turns into an impromptu cease-fire, trading chocolates and champagne, playing soccer, and comparing pictures of their wives. But when Christmas ends, the war returns…Joyeux Noel has been justly accused of sentimentality, but if any subject warrants such an earnest and hopeful treatment, it’s the horrors of trench warfare. The largely unknown cast–the more familiar faces include Diane Kruger (Troy), Daniel Bruhl (Good Bye Lenin!), Benno Furmann (The Princess and the Warrior), and Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot)–deliver low-key but effective performances as the movie dwells on the everyday elements of life in the face of war. Based on a true incident (though considerably fictionalized).

 

A Midnight Clear  1992

Director Keith Gordon based his excellent script for “A Midnight Clear” on the book by William Wharton, who had been seriously wounded in the Battle of the Bulge towards the end of WWII. He wrote of an American Intelligence team which came upon a team of young German soldiers, desperate to surrender to the Americans, in order to survive Germany’s last offensive. He wrote of fear and suspicion, pain and loss, friendship and hope and a snow-ball fight. And of the agreement to save the lives of the Germans, which went horribly wrong. A haunting, disturbing war movie without much war, looking tenderly at those who go to kill and be killed, and gently painting a truth: There are no real victors; all are wounded by war’s inherent, random cruelty.

 

Silent Night 2002

Linda Hamilton, Cassian Bopp, Michael Elkin. On Christmas Eve 1944, three American soldiers and three German soldiers confront the realities of war and discover the true meaning of courage, as well as the true spirit of a blessed night. Based on real events.

 

The Christmas Truce  2002

An American soldier and a Belgian woman fall in love during a brief holiday truce amid the Battle of the Bulge. When fighting resumes, they promise to reunite on the first Christmas after the war ends if they’re both alive.

 

I’ll be seeing you 1945

Oscar(r) winner* Ginger Rogers and Joseph Cotten top a stellar cast in this tender wartime love story about two troubled strangers who meet by chance and try to crowd a lifetime of love and laughter into eight days. “Studded with brilliant performances” (Variety), I’ll Be Seeing You “manages to ambush your emotions and hasten your heart beats” (Hollywood Citizen-News). After serving half of a prison sentence for accidental manslaughter, Mary Marshall (Rogers) is allowed a holiday furlough to visit her family. Keeping her history a secret, she falls in love with a kindhearted GI (Cotten) who’s struggling to overcome shell shock. Both long for a normal life. But can they have it if he learns the truth about her? *1940: Actress, Kitty Foyle

 

My Christmas Soldier  2008

This is a powerful film, bringing some separate true facts together to make one single story. The film is set during World War ll, just two years into the war. Some German soldiers are shipped by train to Georgia, and at the station families are waiting for their loved ones, American soldiers, to arrive home by train. It is Christmas Eve and the German soldiers are hungry as they wait in the boxcar, and a young boy, Gordy, waiting for his father’s arrival, manages to steal some sandwiches and get some hot coaco to a couple of the soldiers. One of them, named Hans, gives the boy his cross medal as a token of thanks for his kindness. The boy gives the German soldier a toy soldier his father had given him. Hans tells him, “Sometimes even enemies can be friends, huh?” Despite the crankiness of several people who don’t want the soldiers there, when the German soldiers begin singing “Silent Night,” in German, the Americans reply by singing “Silent Night” in English. This miracle of a bridge of sorts between two warring nations is nicely done and touching.

This story is very well written by Mauriel Joslyn, and the film coasts along quickly. The human elements are touching and the director, Owen Smith, managed to convey a lot in a short amount of time as this movie runs only 37 minutes. Every nation should see this film! It is a film of hope, and a perfect Christmas story. –The Dove Foundation

 

‘BENEATH A SCARLET SKY’ WORLD WAR 2 BOOK ADAPTATION

TOM HOLLAND TO LEAD
 ‘BENEATH A SCARLET SKY’ WORLD WAR 2 BOOK ADAPTATION
Speaking of adaptations, current bestselling hit by Mark Sullivan WW2 novel BENEATH A SCARLET SKY will be made into a movie with Tom Holland who will be Pino Lella a normal Italian teenager living an idyllic life in Italy, until bombs begin falling on Milan and word of Nazi atrocities begin to circulate. While waiting to join the fight, Lello joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, guiding hundreds of Jews to safety in a year. On his 18th birthday, Lello is forced to enlist with the German Army, and is immediately assigned as a personal driver to Adolf Hitler’s left hand, General Hans Leyers. This fly on the wall in the upper echelons of the Third Reich positions him to be recruited by the Allies as a spy. Known to Allied Intelligence only as “Observer,” Lella endures the horrors of WWII and the Nazi occupation by secretly feeding intel to the Allies that was strategically important enough to turn the tides of the war. When Lella’s courage falters, he is bolstered by his love for a young woman named Anna, and for the life he dreams they will one day share.