Articles tagged world war ii

By Confusing Religion With Reality, ‘Little Boy’ Fails Its Faith-Based Foundation

Because it is unsure whether it wants to push the Bible or a little boy's wavering faith, Little Boy ends up giving us neither.

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‘The Imitation Game’ Is Equally About Wartime and Emotional Codes

This biopic both reminds the world of Alan Turing’s genius and aims to empower “those people no one expects anything from who do the things no one expects.”

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‘The Temptation of Despair’ Is a Marvelous New Work on World War II-Era Germany

Werner Sollors' memories formed the basis for this book, but his research caused him to re-evaluate and re-imagine what he thought he knew about the time and the era.

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Manufacturing Victory: ‘The Arsenal of Democracy’

The story of how Ford Motor Company's assembly-line techniques helped America win WWII, and the behind-the-scenes battles waged in order to get it done.

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In ‘Overlord’, Someone’s Gotta Go First

Stuart Cooper's World War II drama Overlord easily deserves a place among the great anti-war films.

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‘China Dolls’ Is Elegant, Lively, and for Some, Educational

Lisa See draws the difficulties of friendship among three women, complicated by impending world war and a racist society.

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Peace is a Relative Term: ‘War in Peace: Paramilitary Violence in Europe after the Great War’

On the postwar repercussions of poor diplomacy and inept decision-making in economic and foreign policy that led to the widespread nationalism across Europe during the interwar years.

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‘Savage Continent’ Explodes the Myths Behind the ‘Greatest Generation’

Keith Lowe has synthesized the latest scholarship to explore the unprecedented physical and moral destruction of Europe after World War II.

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‘Napalm: An American Biography’ Is Insanely Readable

There is no bias here, no leftist or conservative agenda. This is simply an exhaustive history of napalm, from its beginnings as kind of a scientific puzzle for technocrats to one of the most widely despised symbols of war.

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What Lies Beneath Life’s Surfaces: Nancy Huston’s ‘Infrared’

In addition of her fluency in French and English, Nancy Huston is clearly at home in Italian culture, fluent not only in the language but the country’s history, literature, and art; as in all her works, her intellectual range is impressive.

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Where Angels Fear to Tread: Steven Pinker’s ‘The Better Angels of Our Nature’

Is it worst to be killed by a crazed mob wielding machetes or to die via conveyor belt and filing system? The Better Angels of Our Nature keeps falling victim to the halo effect, creating an aura around reason itself.

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Today’s Seriously Sagging Britches Have a Precedent in the Society Challenging ‘Zoot Suit’

Kathy Peiss takes us back to a time whe “clothes make the man” led some to adopt a wild sartorial departure from the mainstream, and others to beat them viciously for it.

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Transforming the Metamorphosis

While Atanes's film comes across as somber and unintentionally funny, and the Capaldi film is bizarre and outright amusing. Both do a brilliant job of capturing the surreal, dark mood that The Metamorphosis is cocooned in.

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‘A Divided World’ Suffers from Too Much Company

A fortress of text with not a soul in sight, dense as granite and intense as drying cement.

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‘The Haunting Cinema of Frantisek Vlasil’: a Political Allegory and a Sensitive Study of Childhood

Are you familiar with the films of Frantisek Vlacil? If you care about cinema as an art form, you should be.

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This Soviet-era Polish Film About WWII Turns Gritty Combat Scenes Into a Tragic Epic

As Red Rowan conveys, the Eastern Front saw more WWII casualties than either the Western Front or the Pacific. It also involved millions of citizens from countries that found themselves caught between the Soviets and the Third Reich.

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The Ultimate Dambusters Collection

A couple of unique perspectives highlight this otherwise ho-hum set of World War II documentaries.

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8 Feb 2010 // 9:00 PM

Inglourious Basterds

The bad news is that the Weinsteins may have been right about trimming some of the fat; the good news is that even a flawed Tarantino is better than a perfect most anyone else.

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So interesting to see what can be imagined from a plot idea of a few words. Years ago, screenwriter and novelist David Benioff began with

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Independent Lens: Wings of Defeat

Wings of Defeat shows that, then and now, the kamikaze pilots were complicated and diverse individuals, not stereotypical fanatics.

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The Best and Worst Films of Spring 2015

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"January through April is a time typically made up of award season leftovers, pre-summer spectacle, and more than a few throwaways. Here are PopMatters' choices for the best and worst of the last four months.

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