Sunday, February 05, 2006
Needed, Movies About War In Iraq
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
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)
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)
---Vietnam era anti-war slogan
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.