The Bridge 1959

The Bridge 1959

The Bridge 1959
Die Brücke (original title)
Not Rated | 1h 43min | Drama, War | 1 May 1961 (USA)

Storyline:

A group of German boys is ordered to protect a small bridge in their home village during the waning months of the second world war. Truckloads of defeated, cynical Wehrmacht soldiers flee the approaching American troops, but the boys, full of enthusiasm for the “blood and honor” Nazi ideology, stay to defend the useless bridge.

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Zaytoun 2012

Zaytoun 2012

Zaytoun 2012
Not Rated | 1h 50min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller | 20 September 2013 (USA)

Storyline:

Beirut, 1982: a young Palestinian refugee helps an Israeli fighter pilot escape from PLO captivity because he wants to visit his ancestral family home. En route through war-torn Lebanon their relationship develops into a close bond.

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Uloupené dětství 1987

Uloupené dětství 1987

Uloupené dětství 1987
1h 22min | Drama | TV Movie 1987

Plot:

Virtually the whole world knows the fate of Jewish children from the Terezin ghetto, the tragedy of children from Lidice, but few know about the tragic death of several thousand children from mixed Czech-German marriages in the occupied border region. The real story of a young boy, who described the writer Jozo Mikula in his book Kids Behind the Grilles, attracted filmmakers as well. Under the concise title “The Broken Childhood”, Mirek lives in Kinderheim, Germany, where he came after the death of his Czech mother. At the father’s request, a court decision is taken by the child from the care of his grandmother and his upbringing to the German authorities. Education is a pontification. The methods used here or remotely did not remind of their noble name. MIRC also commented on the treatment and mental and physical deprivation.

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas 2008

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas 2008

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas 2008
PG-13 | 1h 34min | Drama, War | 26 November 2008 (USA)

Storyline:

Young Bruno lives a wealthy lifestyle in prewar Germany along with his mother, elder sister, and SS Commandant father. The family relocates to the countryside where his father is assigned to take command a prison camp. A few days later, Bruno befriends another youth, strangely dressed in striped pajamas, named Shmuel who lives behind an electrified fence. Bruno will soon find out that he is not permitted to befriend his new friend as he is a Jew, and that the neighboring yard is actually a prison camp for Jews awaiting extermination.

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Empire of the Sun 1987

Empire of the Sun 1987

Empire of the Sun 1987
2h 33min | Drama, History, War | 25 December 1987 (USA)

Storyline:

Based on J. G. Ballard’s autobiographical novel, tells the story of a boy, James Graham, whose privileged life is upturned by the Japanese invasion of Shanghai, December 8, 1941. Separated from his parents, he is eventually captured, and taken to Soo Chow confinement camp, next to a captured Chinese airfield. Amidst the sickness and food shortages in the camp, Jim attempts to reconstruct his former life, all the while bringing spirit and dignity to those around him.

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Escape from Sobibor 1987

Escape from Sobibor 1987

Escape from Sobibor 1987
2h 23min | Drama, History, War | TV Movie 12 April 1987

Storyline:

During WWII, the death camp at Treblinka had an escape, causing the Commandant at a similar camp in Sobibor to vow that his camp would never experience the same thing. But those who were its captives, the Jewish laborers that had been spared from the ovens, knew that they were on borrowed time and that their only hope was to escape… the only question was how to do it. However, because the Germans would kill an equal number of others whenever a group attempted to escape, the captives knew that if ever an escape was tried, all 600 prisoners in the camp would have to be included… logistically precluding any ideas about tunnels or sneak breakouts. Indeed, to have such a mass escape could only mean that the Ukrainian guards and Germain officers would have to be killed, which many of the Jews felt simply reduced themselves to no better than their captors… thus making it a struggle of conscience. And therein lies the story, with the film being based on a factual account of what then happened at that Sobibor prison.

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L’albero di Guernica 1975

L'albero di Guernica 1975

L’albero di Guernica 1975
1h 50min | Drama, War | 19 November 1975 (France)

Storyline:

The Spanish Civil War, as experienced by the town of Villa Ramiro. The local count and his Fascist nephews ally with the rebels; the count’s son, indifferent to politics at the outset, later makes a choice; the town’s teacher, Antonio Garcia, a pacifist, tries not to take sides but to inspire the children with ideas; a beautiful eccentric woman, Vandale, brings leadership and strength to the town; dwarfs long for equality. The fictive story of Villa Ramiro is inter-cut with archival footage of the war itself. The town is near Guernica, and the local Republicans draw inspiration from its freedom tree.

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