Saturday, October 17, 2009

40's movies marathon - part 33

Why We Fight, Part 1 - Prelude to War / Part 2 - The Nazis Strike (1943, USA) - One of the greatest propaganda movies of all time. It presents a vision of a free, tolerant and compassionate world, where we all share responsibility for each other's well-being, a world with America in the centre. It's a vision that has shaped the world ever since, particularly whenever we realize our failure to live up to it. Watched it all, but I'll skip the next 5(!) parts.

The Human Comedy (1943, USA) - Even the hobos are happy and friendly in this happy American town, where the war teaches a teenage boy Valuable Life Lessons. Watched: 7 minutes.

We Dive at Dawn (1943, UK) - A submarine crew, nice and dull chaps every one of them, prepares for shore leave. And .. I guess I feel asleep there for a moment. Watched: 7 minutes.

Heaven Can Wait (1943, USA) - Don Ameche tells his life story at the gates of Hell to convince Satan that he belongs there. Turns out he was just a moderately bad boy who enjoyed alcohol, women and life in general, and Hell doesn't take those kind of people any more. Watched it all.

The 7th Victim (1943, USA) - Girl looks for her missing sister. Bad writing, bad actors. Looks good, though. Watched: 5 minutes.

I Was a Fireman (1943, UK) - A tribute to the firemen who worked through the London Blitz. That's no excuse. Watched: 4 minutes.

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