Thursday, November 26, 2015
Favorite Films Set in the 1940s
Below is a list of my favorite movies (so far) that are set in the 1940s:
FAVORITE FILMS SET IN THE 1940s
1. "Inglourious Basterds" (2009) - Quentin Tarantino wrote and directed this Oscar nominated alternate history tale about two simultaneous plots to assassinate the Nazi High Command at a film premiere in German-occupied Paris. The movie starred Brad Pitt, Melanie Laurent and Oscar winner Christoph Waltz.
2. "Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011) - Chris Evans made his first appearance in this exciting Marvel Cinematic Universe installment as the World War II comic book hero, Steve Rogers aka Captain America, who battles the Nazi-origin terrorist organization, HYDRA. Joe Johnston directed.
3. "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" (1971) - Angela Landsbury and David Tomilinson starred in this excellent Disney adaptation of Mary Norton's series of children's stories about three English children, evacuated to the countryside during the Blitz, who are taken in by a woman studying to become a witch in order to help the Allies fight the Nazis. Robert Stevenson directed.
4. "The Public Eye" (1992) - Joe Pesci starred in this interesting neo-noir tale about a New York City photojournalist (shuttlebug) who stumbles across an illegal gas rationing scandal involving the mob, a Federal government official during the early years of World War II. Barbara Hershey and Stanley Tucci co-starred.
5. "A Murder Is Announced" (1985) - Joan Hickson starred in this 1985 adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1950 novel about Miss Jane Marple's investigation of a series of murders in an English village that began with a newspaper notice advertising a "murder party". Directed by David Giles, the movie co-starred John Castle.
6. "Hope and Glory" (1987) - John Boorman wrote and directed this fictionalized account of his childhood during the early years of World War II in England. Sarah Miles, David Hayman and Sebastian Rice-Edwards starred.
7. "The Godfather" (1972) - Francis Ford Coppola co-wrote and directed this Oscar winning adaptation of Mario Puzo's 1969 novel about the fictional leaders of a crime family in post-World War II New York City. Oscar winner Marlon Brando and Oscar nominee Al Pacino starred.
8. "Valkyrie" (2008) - Bryan Singer directed this acclaimed account of the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler in July 1944. Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy and Tom Wilkinson starred.
9. "The Black Dahlia" (2006) - Brian DePalma directed this entertaining adaptation of James Ellroy's 1987 novel about the investigation of the infamous Black Dahlia case in 1947 Los Angeles. Josh Harnett, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Eckhart and Hilary Swank starred.
10. "Stalag 17" (1953) - Billy Wilder directed and co-wrote this well done adaptation of the 1951 Broadway play about a group of U.S. airmen in a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany, who begin to suspect that one of them might be an informant for the Nazis. Oscar winner William Holden starred.