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fallenmystic

Governor
If you have not seen “1917”, it is a masterpiece of film-making, and an excellent way to mark remembrance of what those young men went through. The film starts strongly, then gets better and better. And better. The whole movie is basically one long shot with no cuts, no editing. It puts you right there in the trenches beside the two soldiers whose mission we follow.
That was intriguing, I should watch the film sooner or later. The long take is brilliantly done, conveying the sense of "being there" and foreshadowing the long drawn out war which is to come. And I like how it tries to remind modern audiences of the things that they readily associate with the WWI, like no-man's land, or how it was going to end before the Christmas, and so on.

I don't watch contemporary films often because I have little time for leisure nowadays so I have to take the "safer" course of choosing those old titles which have proven to be good. And I may have some bias against this particular film because I've heard so many people saying how it was robbed of an Oscar when the Hollywood decided to give it to Parasite just for PC. My review of Paradise is at the top on IMDb, so you can understand my bias regarding those films ;).

On a side note, I loved the opening sequence of Saving Private Ryan, not for the spectacle but for the sheer brutality that no other films before it dared to depict.

I believe that too many films, TV shows, or video games tend to glorify violence. But being such a strong believer in freedom of expression, I don't want any censorship against them. Rather, I'd like to have more of such media that depict violence as it truly is - if you show your children how exciting it is to shoot down or blow up enemies without letting them see what a bullet or a grenade can do to a human body, you are making them more insensitive to violence which may make them such people who can be easily provoked to call for a war without taking into account what sacrifices it may entail.

So, if 1917 is comparable to SPR in its honest depiction of atrocities involved in a massive scale war, it makes another reason to watch it for me, aside from its artistic merits.
 
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Gibbs505

SERVORUM DOMITOR
I can agree with you on the realism part at least, when it showed bullets killing people through the water. :)
No, that could happen, but not with any distance.
What was unrealistic was the later parts of the story, like the german sniper shot through the rifle scope. On a sheer matter of ballistics , it was impossible! Other scenes were similar. Band of brothers was much better, as was 1917.
 

fallenmystic

Governor
Speaking of Parasite, by the way, I think it's a brilliant film but I also feel a bit sad when I see people praise how well it blends different genres together or recommend other great Korean films like Old Boy without mentioning a lesser known cult classic, Save the Green Planet:

It was a work of a true genious, and while it's quite a common practice among the Korean directors to blends elements from different genres, SGP is a film that pushed the concept to its extreme.

It's amazing how the director could make a debut film which is a comedy, thriller, drama, sci-fi, torture porn, horror, social commentary, parody, wire-fu at the same time and still manages to tell a coherent story. It's a truly one-of-a-kind film that only artistically demented mind could produce (and act, since I see it as one of the best performances from the lead actor as well). And if you skim through the IMDb review pages, you'll know that I'm not the only person who thinks that way.

What made me sad was that it flopped when it was released, mainly because they marketed it as a light-hearted comedy (remember I said it's also a "torture porn"?) which prevented the genious director from making another film for ten years. Even the trailer looks silly and goofy, but it's not what it seems or anything like anyone can imagine that it would be.

I wish it could get more recognition by being included when people mention some of the greatest films from S. Korea.

P.S: I forgot to mention that it also contains a crucifixion scene as well.
 
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Loxuru

Graf von Kreuzigung
I have seen Saving Private Ryan once. It was spectacular and cruel, in the beginning. Nevertheless, Band Of Brothers was better to my opinion.

'The Longest Day' I saw maybe more than ten times, and I still like it. It is in the category 'they don't make them like this', I always have when watching classic war movies from the 1950's to 1970's. I saw scenes from 'Dunkerque', and none of them attracted me to go and watch it. 'Pearl Harbour' was awful, compared to the magnificent 'Tora, Tora, Tora'. The new movie 'Midway', I even could not watch the entire trailer before switching off the button , thinking back to the 1976 movie with the same name, which was spectacular, although being a mediocre movie (but I saw it more than ten times too).

What made these old movies better? The cinematography, first of all. The stunts and special effects, which had to be realisitic to be convincing, and which hence were made good. The way the drama, the context was shaped. The all star casts too, with actors and actresses of a class they don't make them anymore, and who often moved the movie to a higher level. In colour movies, the colours were beautifully bright, compared to the dull grey tones of today. And they used real airplanes, real warships, real tanks, or real footage.
 

Silent_Water

Governor
I think, "The Longest Day" is absolutely unique in its own special kind, because it was almost impossible even in those times to get all these great actors from all former enemy countries together in one movie. It was also unique in showing the real absurdity of war which was sometimes so crazy that you simply had to laugh in spite of the serious war in several scenes, which had happened in reality and were additionally made famous by this movie. For example, every spectator of this movie will forever remember the paratrooper on the French church of Sainte-Mère-Église, the nuns who were walking right through the frontline or the surprise of normal people when the war is suddenly in your backyard garden:

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Moreover, the German actors were really the best of their times and two of them were later really "more than famous" in Germany as actors and comedians, even apart from this movie: Vicco von Bülow alias "Loriot" and Gert Fröbe who was also "Goldfinger" in the James Bond movie with Sean Connery. Both met in this movie for the first time, I think:

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The list of famous actors from all countries in this movie is simply incredible and impossible to repeat in any time, I think:

 

Loxuru

Graf von Kreuzigung
Moreover, the German actors were really the best of their times and two of them were later really "more than famous" in Germany as actors and comedians, even apart from this movie: Vicco von Bülow alias "Loriot" and Gert Fröbe who was also "Goldfinger" in the James Bond movie with Sean Connery. Both met in this movie for the first time, I think:
Curd Jürgens was also in the movie. He would later play the bad guy in another Bond movie, 'The Spy who Loved me', with Roger Moore.

Wolfgang Preiss has played lots of historical roles about World War II : Rommel, Kesselring, von Rundstedt, von Stauffenberg,...
Curiously, in 'The Longest Day', he plays General Max Pemsel, on D-Day, the chief of staff of the German Seventh Army, and in that part, he takes up the decision making when the invasion is at hand. The actual commander of that army, Gerenal Dollmann, is not shown up in the movie.
 

Silent_Water

Governor
Correct, after Wolfgang Preiss played von Stauffenberg in 1955 (already!), he was almost in every international movie production the prototype of an upright, dutiful and honest German military officer. An English director once said, he was often playing an enemy you could almost love.

Curd Jürgens (or "Curt" in some productions, because of the name similarity with which we Germans call "Quark") usually played the more problematic characters, never really evil, but psychologically torn between their claims to themselves and the dishonest and dishonorable reality. In "The Devil's General", he played very well one of the most famous German first aviators and knight like heros from WW I, who became general under Hitler: Ernst Udet.

But when I think of Curd Jürgens, my first thought is a part of this movie because I love satirical comedies with a serious background so much:

In this movie, Jürgens played the Polish Colonel Prokoszny with a "Samurai"-like attitude to war - always on the brink of committing a suicide of honour. Danny Kaye played the Jewish refugee Jacobowsky with the attitude that you always have two possibilities in life and although they both rather hate each other, they have to work together in order to escape the advancing German troops in France.
Well, in any case, in the scene I will remember for all my life, Jürgens as Prokoszny tells his French girl-friend as he always told all other of his girl-friends and every woman who ever helped him: "In the cathedral of my heart, there will always be a candle burning for you!"
After Jacobowsky heard this kind of flirting several times, he is shaking his head and murmurs in the background: "This must be the most brightly lit place of worship in Europe!"

But in the successful end for both, even Jacobowsky tells the Polish colonel when they are saying good-bye to each other: "In the synagogue of my heart, there will always be a candle burning for YOU!"

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melissa

Administrator
Staff member
I thought that the rest of Saving Private Ryan was not as strong as the start of the movie.
As far as I recall the opening ten minutes of "Saving Private Ryan" was copied almost frame by frame from an earlier film called "The Big Red One"
 

Jollyrei

Angelus Mortis
Staff member
I just looked up the Jetsons and could find no mention of an episode about Judy Jetson borrowing her mum's vibrator. Am I to understand that the pic is FAKE! Is the internet full of fake news! Is The Coffee Shop the only source of genuine news?
I'm really not sure where to start here with a response to you. :facepalm:
I'm sure that vibrator thing is from the lost "Judy's Special Birthday" episode.
 
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