Tag Archives: World War One


Long before it was revered as a masterpiece, F.W. Murnau’s radical reimagining of Bram Stoker’s classic vampire novel had to be saved from the furnaces.

Peeping Tom

Reviled upon its release and long out of circulation, the influence of Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom is now to be found in the most unexpected places.

Pandora’s Box

There has never been a more iconic and influential hairstyle in all of cinema than ‘the black helmet’ sported by Louise Brooks in Pandora’s Box.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’s influence is so great it reaches far beyond horror and into sci-fi, thrillers, and historical romances.

Lawrence of Arabia

David Lean’s most enduring masterpiece is the rarest of breeds. An epic that is also a portrait, it somehow avoids all temptations to explain its enigmatic subject.

Genocide in cinema

Humanity has been blighted with massacres since Biblical times, but the word genocide was not coined until 1944. How has cinema faired in depicting it?

Dr. Strangelove

Until 1964, Stanley Kubrick had suffered years of set-backs, disappointments and frustration. But he made his reputation with this satire on nuclear war.

American Sniper

Clint Eastwood’s latest film has earned 6 Oscar nominations and is breaking box-office records. But does it deserve all the controversy it is generating?

Passchendaele – The Novel

Using The Great War as its canvas, PASSCHENDAELE threads together the stories of three couples; American, English and Irish, weaving their destinies through one of history’s most tumultuous eras.

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War brought them together. Only love could tear them apart.

They called it the war to end all wars, but so devastating was the fighting that it threatened to end all worlds. Named after the tragic battle in World War One, Passchendaele is a romantic epic that threads together the stories of three couples; American, Irish and English, weaving their destinies through one of history’s most tumultuous eras.

In a time of tradition and privilege, British aristocrats and American heiresses are not expected to live alongside workingclass Irish orphans. But the Great War is bringing great change, and the old order is being swept away.
Filled with rage and pity, and loss and redemption, Passchendaele is an epic saga that not only spans two oceans, three continents and six years; it shows how the escalating passions of hate, vengeance, and despair can be conquered by the redemptive powers of love, salvation, and hope.

The Shawshank Redemption

A box-office flop in 1994, Frank Darabont’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novella is proof that some films deserve a second chance.

The Military-Entertainment Complex

How much does the Pentagon help Hollywood? Is Hollywood just the Pentagon’s mouthpiece?

Spielberg’s Techniques

This video-essay examines Steven Spielberg’s career, from his days in television up until War Horse, and shows how he uses the disciplines of cinema to secure specific emotional responses.

Spielberg & Friends

He is one of Hollywood’s most influential filmmakers and has made some of the most popular films of all time. What accounts for Steven Spielberg’s success?

Paths of Glory

Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Humphrey Cobb’s novel was not shown in France for three decades and despite the passing years, it still has the power to shock.

The Lives of Others

An examination of life in East Germany under the the terrifying control of the Stasi, The Lives of Others is more than just a political thriller.


Oliver Stone spent over a decade trying to make a film based on his experiences in Vietnam. Financed on a shoestring, Platoon won four Oscars including Best Picture.

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