Category First half of the 20th century (1900-1945)

The Red and the Black

Crveni i crni (1985) Director: Miroslav Mikuljan Actors: Bekim Fehmiu, Milan Strljić, Olivera Ježina, Fabijan Šovagović Runtime: 136 min The first anti-fascist uprising in history is considered to be the strike of about 2.000 miners in the area of Labin in Istria. The strike began on the 2nd of March 1921 as a protest against […]

Battle of Moscow

Bitva za Moskvu (1985) Director: Yuri Ozerov Actors: Yakov Tripolsky, Mikhail Ulyanov, Aleksandr Goloborodko Runtime: 358 min Since the preparations for the invasion of the Soviet Union started, the capture of Moscow was one of the key military and political objectives of Germany. The invasion (Operation Barbarossa) began on the 22nd of June 1941, and […]

Battleship Potemkin

Bronenosets Potemkin (1925) Director: Sergei Eisenstein Actors: Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barsky, Grigori Aleksandrov Runtime: 75 min Battleship Potemkin is one of the most influential films of all time. When the film was made in 1925, it quickly established a film editing as one of the key elements of film language and radically changed cinema. Indeed, […]

Conspiracy

Conspiracy (2001) Director: Frank Pierson Actors: Kenneth Branagh, Stanley Tucci Runtime: 96 min In late January of 1942, in Wannsee near Berlin Nazi bureaucrats held a meeting which brought together 15 representatives of different branches of the German state, the army, the SS, the Nazi party and so on. The sole topic of the meeting […]

Last Waltz in Sarajevo (or Belle Epoque)

Belle epoque ili poslednji valcer u Sarajevu (1990 / 2007) Director: Nikola Stojanović Actors: Slobodan Ćustić, Davor Janjić, Vita Mavrić Runtime: 135 min On the 28th June 1914, 19-year-old Gavrilo Princip, member of the secret revolutionary group Young Bosnia (Mlada Bosna), shot dead the archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne. The film […]

Grave of the Fireflies

Hotaru no haka (1988) Director: Isao Takahata Runtime: 89 min A tragic story of two Japanese children left on their own in the midst od World War II. In the spring of 1945 U.S. bombers dropped napalm on Kobe, at the time the sixth-largest city in Japan with about one million inhabitants. The firestorm that […]

Catch-22

Catch-22 (1970) Director: Mike Nichols Actors: Alan Arkin, Art Garfunkel, Richard Benjamin Runtime: 122 min This anti-war comedy of the absurd attempts to show the defeat of the rational mind in the face of the madness of war. A squadron of U.S. B-25 bombers is deployed on a small Mediterranean island near Italy. The commander […]

Rebellion in Patagonia

La Patagonia rebelde (1974) Director: Héctor Olivera Actors: Héctor Alterio, Luis Brandoni, José Soriano Runtime: 110 min Rebellion in Patagonia is a name given to the turmoil during 1920 and 1921 in the province of Santa Cruz in Patagonia, a region at the southern tip of South America. The export price of wool and other […]

The Victors

The Victors (1963) Director: Carl Foreman Actors: Vince Edwards, Albert Finney, George Hamilton Runtime: 150 min (175?) This movie follows a group of American soldiers through different European battlefields in World War II: Italy, France, Belgium, Germany. It is composed of several short stories that share the same theme and characters, divided by sequences of […]

Rebellion

L’ordre et la morale (2011) Director: Mathieu Kassovitz Actors: Mathieu Kassovitz Runtime: 136 min New Caledonia in 1988, group FLNKS abducted two dozen police officers and demanded independence from France. Since this happened just before the second round of presidential elections in France, the politicians decided to terminate the negotiations and resolve the hostage crisis […]