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Sunday, February 05, 2006


Needed, Movies About War In Iraq

Where are the film makers ?
"America's wars do not happen just to Americans." The Guardian, UK, published an item that caught my attention. Richard Williams wrote mainly about the film Loin du Viêt-Nam (Far from Vietnam) recently released in London. He mentioned Sam Mendes' film Jarhead (2005), about the first Gulf war and ".....how muted the opposition to the present war in Iraq has been, by comparison with the chorus of anger that eventually helped to undermine the American government's belligerence". Very true. There is no dearth of talent, and there is strong feeling among millions of people in America and abroad about the unjustified war against Iraq. Yet there has not been any notable film about the war. There is need for movies that depict the horrors, the grief of families who have suffered directly and indirectly from this war both here in the United States and in Iraq. Members of the "Coalition" were conned, bullied or paid to support the war. The hoax called "Operation Iraqi Freedom" and its costs must be exposed, and movies can have greater impact on people than reports in print media and on television. The numbers as of February 2nd: U.S. Soldiers - dead 2249 Injured 7683; Iraqi civilians - dead 28293 (Min.) 31900 (Max). Financial cost - $440 billion and climbing. The Bush and Blair cabal foisted this war on us in 2003 and are still merrily continuing with the lies.

Notable anti war films

All available on video although you might not find them in the neighborhood outlet. The list includes foreign films with sub-titles.

All Quiet On The Western Front (1930), perhaps the greatest of all anti-war movies.
The Road to Glory (1936)
La Grande Illusion (1937), French
Rules of the Game (1939), French
Great Dictator (1940)
The Men (1950)
The Burmese Harp (1956), Japanese
Mash (1970)
The Boys in Company "C" (1970)
Slaughterhouse Five (1972)
Go Tell The Spartans (1978)
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
The Killing Fields (1984)
Platoon (1986)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Black Rain (1989), Japanese, not the American movie with Michael Douglas
Life and Nothing But (1989), French
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
Jacobs Ladder (1990)
The Quiet American (2002)

War is not good for children or other living things.
---Vietnam era anti-war slogan

You know, that's a great idea! It's amazing how many movies there are about the World Wars and Vietnam, although not so many about Korea, to my knowledge.

As for Vietnam, "Platoon" and "Full Metal Jacket", made by two insanely good filmmakers, brought home some of the horrors of war in a different way than had previously been seen. It is a shame that they had to come out so long after the war was happening.

Given that the lack of popularity of this war is already approaching late-Vietnam-era levels, I have to wonder if a film made whilst we are still in the thick of it might actually make a difference to our leaders. Something that hits home as hard as an "Apocalypse Now" might be just what is needed for those who actually still support the war.
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