Violent Summer (1959)

Introduction Estate violenta (US title: Violent Summer) is a 1961 Italian award-winning black-and-white drama film directed by Valerio Zurlini, depicting a love affair between a prominent Fascist’s young draft-dodging son, portrayed by Jean-Louis Trintignant, and a naval officer’s widow, older than he, portrayed by Eleonora Rossi Drago. It is set in the Italian seaside resort… Read More

Von Ryan’s Express (1965)

Introduction Von Ryan’s Express is a 1965 World War II adventure film starring Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard, and Raffaella Carrà, and directed by Mark Robson. Produced in CinemaScope, the film depicts a group of Allied prisoners of war (POWs) who conduct a daring escape by hijacking the freight train carrying the POWs and fleeing through… Read More

Persona Non Grata (2015)

Introduction Persona Non Grata (杉原千畝 スギハラチウネ, Sugihara Chiune) is a 2015 Japanese biographical drama film directed by Cellin Gluck. It depicts the life of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara who was appointed a vice-consul and later a consul in Lithuania and served there from 1939 to 1940 and who saved lives of some 6,000 Jewish refugees… Read More

Wyszynski: Zemsta Czy Przebaczenie (2021)

Introduction Wyszynski: Zemsta czy Przebaczenie is a 2021 Polish biographical film by director Also known as Powstanie kardynala (working title, Poland). Outline This film tells the story lieutenant Stefan Wyszynski (Ksawery Szlenkier) – the future Primate of Poland, unknown to a wider audience. It is 1944, in the heat of war, we meet a young… Read More

Unbroken: Path to Redemption (2018)

Introduction Unbroken: Path to Redemption is a 2018 American Christian drama film directed by Harold Cronk, and acts as a sequel to the 2014 film Unbroken, although Legendary Pictures was not involved and none of the original cast or crew returns except the producer Matthew Baer, and actors Vincenzo Amato and Maddalena Ischiale. The film… Read More

Unbroken (2014)

Introduction Unbroken is a 2014 American biographical sports action drama war film produced and directed by Angelina Jolie and written by the Coen brothers, Richard LaGravenese, and William Nicholson. It is based on the 2010 non-fiction book by Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. The film stars Jack… Read More

How the Nazis Lost the War (2021): S01E06 – Military Blunders

Introduction A documentary outlining the various reasons that Hitler and the Nazis could not emerge victorious in WW2. Outline Early victories in the Second World War gave Hitler delusional confidence. However, his hubris led to mistakes and ultimate defeat as military blunders undermined confidence in the Nazi machine How the Nazis Lost the War Series… Read More