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The Pianist
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The Pianist

2002, France, Poland, Germany and UK, Roman Polanski
An adaptation of concert pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman’s memoirs about his experiences in Nazi occupied Warsaw. Incredibly moving film. No heroics. Sometimes all you can really do is just …

Exodus
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Exodus

1960, USA, Otto Preminger
Reverential film version of Leon Uris’s blockbuster novel about the founding of modern Israel. Lots of action and romance, though clunky in parts. Way too long at four hours. After seeing the …

Enemy at the Gates
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Enemy at the Gates

2001, USA, Jean-Jacques Annaud
In the winter of 1942, the German and Russian Armies meet in the great Battle of Stalingrad, one of the most murderous and critical engagements of the Second World War. Enter into …

Battle of Neretva (Bitka na Neretvi)
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Battle of Neretva (Bitka na Neretvi)

1969, Yugoslavia, Veljko Bulajic
Big budget nationalist film (with imported Hollywood actors) of Yugoslav partisans fighting against the Nazis, Italians and local Chetnik collaborators. A young man from Lhasa told me it was screened to the …

Joan of Arc
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Joan of Arc

1948, UK, Victor Fleming
The story of the 15th century French freedom fighter and visionary (in the literal sense) has been made into quite a few feature films. Fleming’s version sticks fairly closely to the historical …

The Crossing
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The Crossing

2000, USA, Robert Harmon
When it seemed to everyone that the American revolution was just about finished, George Washington pulled off a desperate surprise attack on the British army on Christmas day in 1776. An exciting …

Missing
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Missing

1982, USA, Costa-Gavras
Based on true events during the Chilean coup of 1973, this extraordinary film explores the disappearance of a young American writer, and the search for him by his wife and father. The tension …

Z
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Z

1969, France / Algeria, Costa-Gavras
Left wing political thriller, uncovering the corruption of the military junta in Greece in the sixties. See it.
For more details, see tt0065234 on The Internet Movie Database.

Beyond Rangoon
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Beyond Rangoon

1995, USA, John Boorman
An interesting film on the conflict in Burma between the military junta and the dissident democracy movement. Ignore the contrived story of the “troubled” American doctor and watch the film for the …

Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony
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Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony

2002, USA / South Africa, Lee Hirsch (documentary)
This stunning film tells the story of protest music in South Africa — but as it does so, it tells the story of the struggle against apartheid itself. …