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Movies: World War II on Film

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Aimée & Jaguar

DD857 .W87 F572 2001
125 minutes; released 1998.
Two women--one Jewish and the other German--begin a torrid love affair in World War II Germany.
In German with optional English subtitles.

All My Loved Ones = Vsichni moji blzc

D804.66 .W56 V75 2003 DVD
91 minutes; released 2000.
A Czech-Jewish family must decide whether or not to hand over their son to an English stockbroker in the early days of World War II.
In Czech with opitional English subtitles.

Amen

PT 2668 .O3 S82 2002 DVD
130 minutes; released 2002.
A German chemist and a Jesuit priest try to tell the world about German use of the gas Zyclon B to exterminate Jews and political undesirables. When their story falls on deaf ears, they find themselves joining ranks with Roman Jews being rounded up by Nazi forces in occupied Italy. Adapted from the stage drama "The Representative."
Directed by Costa-Gavras.

Anne Frank

D810 .J4 F723 2001 DVD
189 minutes; released 2001.
A dramatization of the life of Anne Frank, a Jewish girl who hid from the Nazis in the Netherlands. Based on the book by Melissa Mller.

The Architecture of Doom = Architektur des Untergangs

N6868.5 .N37 A73 1991 DVD
119 minutes; released 1989.
Looks at the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany from the perspective of Hitler's use of the arts in Nazi policy and propaganda.
Directed by Peter Cohen.
In German with optional English subtitles.

Ashes and Diamonds = Popiól i diament

PG7158 .A7 P62 2003 DVD
105 minutes; released 1958.
A young Polish nationalist assassin attempts to deal with post-war life.
In Polish with English subtitles.

The Assisi Underground

D810 .J4 A7 1984 VHS
115 minutes; released 1985.
Italian clergy and laity struggle to save several hundred Jews from Nazi execution following the German occupation of Italy in the Second World War.

Ballad of a Soldier = Ballada o Soldate

PN1997 .B355 2002 DVD
88 minutes; released 1959.
During World War II, a 19 year old soldier gets a medal as a reward for a heroic act at the front. Instead of this medal he asks for a few days leave to visit his mother and repair the roof of their home. On the train eastwards he meets Shura who is on her way to her aunt. In those few days traveling together they fall in love.
In Russian with optional English subtitles.

Bitka na Neretvi

PN1997 .B585 1999z DVD
165 minutes; released 1969.
Yugoslav partisans trick the Germany army in 1942 by building a bridge across the River Neretva.
In Serbian.

Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace

BX4827 .B57 B664 2000z DVD
90 minutes; released 2000.
This film dramatizes the last years of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran minister who spoke out against Hitler, participated in the German resistance, and paid for his convictions when the Nazis hanged him in 1945.
Directed by Eric Till.
See also the documentaries: Hanged on a Twisted Cross and Bonhoeffer.

The Burmese Harp = Biruma No Tategoto

D743.23 .B57 2007 DVD
116 minutes; released 1956.
A Japanese soldier is nursed back to health by a Buddhist monk, then devotes himself to searching the jungle battlefields for the abandoned remains of dead soldiers to give them a decent burial.

Casablanca

Casablanca

PN1997 .C352 1999 DVD
103 minutes; released 1942.
When his café in Casablanca becomes a center for war refugees awaiting visas for America, its owner abandons his cynicism to help his ex-girlfriend escape the Nazis with her underground leader husband.
Directed by Michael Curtiz.

Catch 22

PS3558 .E476 C32 2001 DVD
121 minutes; released 1970.
An anti-war satire revolving around a group of American pilots and flyers in the Mediterranean in World War II. Based on the novel by Joseph Heller.
Directed by Mike Nichols, starring Alan Arkin.

The Chosen

PS3566 .O75 C452 2003 DVD
108 minutes; released 1982.
Two young Jewish men living in the United States - one Hasidic, the other Reformed - find themselves both united and divided by their faith during World War II.

The Clock

PN1997 .C458 1990 VHS
91 minutes; released 1945.
A young couple scramble to get married in two days during wartime New York.

Days of Glory

PN1997.2 .I635 2007 DVD
125 minutes; released 2006.
A unit of Algerian soldiers fights prejudice in the Free French army in the middle of World War II.
In French, with optional English subtitles.

The Diary of Anne Frank

D810 .J4 F722 2004 DVD
180 minutes; released 1959
A dramatization of the life of Anne Frank, a Jewish girl who hid from the Nazis in the Netherlands. Based on the play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett.

Dieppe

D756.5 .D5 D53 1993 DVD
180 minutes; released 2000.
Dieppe dramatizes the high-level political machinations that led to the decision to mount the attack of Dieppe. For nearly 3000 Canadian soldiers, the war ended in the battle of August 19, 1942.

Distant Journey = Daleka Cesta

D804.45 .C95 D578 2005 DVD
98 minutes; released 1949.
Shot shortly after World War II, this is one of the first films to deal with the Holocaust. The story follows Dr. Hannah Kaufmann and her family from the time of the Nazi Occupation of Prague through her experiences in the transit camp of Theresienstadt (modern Terezin).
In Czech with optional English subtitles.

Divided We Fall = Musme si pomhat

PN1997 .M875 2001 DVD
122 minutes; released 2001.
A Czechoslovak couple decides to hide a young Jewish neighbour in their home from the Nazis.
Directed by Jan Hrebejk.
In Czech with optional English subtitles.

Downfall

Downfall

DD247 .H5 U4822 2005 DVD
155 minutes; released 2004
This Oscar-nominated feature plunges the viewer into the claustrophobic world of Hitler's bunker during his final days in power.
In German with optional English subtitles.

The End of the Affair

PR6013 .R44 E5322 2000 DVD
105 minutes; released 1955.
A man has an affair with a married woman who abruptly and mysteriously breaks off their relationship. Set in London in 1939. Based on the novel by Graham Greene.

Eroica

PN1997 .E686 2005 DVD
80 minutes; released 1957.
This feature is an example of a farse on the Polish myth of romantic heroism. The Warsaw Uprising is looked at through the eyes of a drunken marketeer.
Directed by Andrzej Munk.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Europa Europa

D804.3 .P4652 2003 DVD
114 minutes; released 1990.
In this harrowing true story, a young German Jew takes on various identities during the Second World War in order to hide his Jewish heritage.
Directed by Agnieszka Holland.
In German and Russian with English, French or Spanish subtitles.

The Eye of Vichy = L'Oeil de Vichy

DC397 .E9 2002 DVD
110 minutes; released 1993.
A compilation of archival film footage which documents French collaboration with the Nazis during World War II.
Directed by Claude Chabrol.

Fires on the Plain = Nobi

PL835 .O5 N622 2007 DVD
104 minutes; released 1959.
In this Japanese anti-war film, acts of cannibalism bring home the terrifying brutality of war. Based on the novel by Shohei Ooka.
Directed by Kon Ichikawa.
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.

Focus

PS3525 .I5156 F592 2002 DVD
106 minutes; released 2001.
A New York man and woman are mistaken for being Jewish during World War II. Based on the novel by Arthur Miller.
Directed by Neal Slavin.

Forbidden Games = Jeux interdits

PQ2603 .O878 J432 2005 DVD
85 minutes; released 1952.
Orphaned by an air raid in 1940s France, a young girl befriends a peasant boy in the family that takes her in. Based on the novel by Franois Boyer.
Directed by Rene Clment.
In French or English (dubbed) with optional English subtitles.

49th Parallel

PN1997 .F579 2007 DVD
123 minutes; released 1941
A Nazi submarine crew is stranded in Canada and tries to cross the border into the still-neutral United States.

Four Chaplains: Sacrifice at Sea

D810 .C36 U55 2004 DVD
54 minutes; released 2004.
In 1943, a Catholic priest, Jewish rabbi, and two Protestant ministers were aboard the U.S.A.T. Dorchester when it was hit by a German torpedo. The four chaplains gave up their life preservers to save others, and spent their last moments praying together as the ship sank beneath the waves.

Foyle's War, Season I

PN1992.77 .F63 2003 DVD
4 discs; released 2003
A police detective investigates crimes in the English seaside town of Hastings during World War II.

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis = Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini

PQ4807 .A79 G52 2001 DVD
94 minutes; released 1970.
A wealthy Jewish family face the rise of Fascism in pre-World War II Italy.
Directed by Vittorio De Sica.
In Italian with English subtitles.

A Generation

PG7158 .C84 P642 2000 VHS
85 minutes; released 1954.
First film in Andrzej Wajda's trilogy of war films (Kanal, Ashes and Diamonds). A group of young Poles help escapees during the Warsaw ghetto uprising. Black and white, originally released in 1954.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Germany Year Zero

PN1997 .G476 2002 DVD
71 minutes; released 1948.
Set in the years following World War II, Germany Year Zero depicts the devastation of postwar Berlin through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy as he tries to help his family survive.
Directed by Roberto Rossellini.

Gentleman's Agreement

PN1997 .G468 2002 DVD
118 minutes; released 1947.
A reporter pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on anti-Semitism, and soon discovers what it is to be a victim of religious intolerance.
Directed by Elia Kazan.

God on Trial

God on Trial

PN1997.2 .G636 2009 DVD
86 minutes; released 2008.
A group of Auschwitz prisoners begins to ask how God could allow so much suffering, and then decide to put God on trial for abandoning His chosen people.

Good Evening Mr. Wallenberg = God afton, Herr Wallenberg

DS135 .H9 G6 1990z DVD
115 minutes; released 1990.
The story of Swedish businessman Raoul Wallenberg who helped Hungarian Jews obtain Swedish passports to escape the Holocaust.
Directed by Kjell Grede.
In Swedish, German and Hungarian, with English subtitles.

Goodbye, Children = Au revoir, les enfants

PN1997 .A974 2006DVD
103 minutes; released 1987.
A Jewish boy is hidden from the Nazis in a French Catholic boarding school.
In French with English subtitles.

The Great Dictator

PN1997 .G743 2003 DVD
124 minutes; released 1940.
A satire about Nazi-Germany in which a Jewish barber takes the place of the Führer.

The Great Escape

D805 .G3 B72 1998 DVD
212 minutes; released 1963.
A high-security German prisoner-of-war camp in 1942 holds only known troublemakers and risk-takers, all of whom are determined to pull off the war's most daring escape.
Directed by John Sturges.

The Grey Zone

D805.5 .A96 G74 2002 DVD
108 minutes; released 2005.
Based on real-life events, this compelling and harrowing film chronicles a unit of Auschwitz's Sonderkommando, a special squad of Jewish prisoners, who staged the only armed revolt that would ever take place at Auschwitz.
Directed by Tim Blake Nelson.

Giuseppe w Warszawie = Giuseppe in Warsaw

PN1997 .G53374 2007 DVD
95 minutes; released 1964.
In this comedy set in German-occupied Poland during World War II, Maria, a fearless Polish girl, unwillingly brings an Italian soldier and deserter of the Eastern front into her Warsaw apartment.
Directed by Stanislaw Lenartowicz.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

PR9619.3 .S479 H438 2003 DVD
108 minutes; released 1957.
A nun is marooned with a Marine sergeant on a South Pacific island occupied by Japanese troops. Based on the novel by Charles Shaw. Starring Deborah Kerr and Robert Mitchum.
Directed by John Huston.

Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany = Heimat: Eine deutsche Chronik

PN1993.5 .G3 R4948 2005 DVD
925 minutes on 6 discs; mini-series released for TV 1984.
This 11-part saga tells the story of the village of Schabbach, Germany, from 1919 to 1982. It follows ordinary people as they cope with World War I, economic hardship, Nazism, and the postwar era.
Directed by Edgar Reitz.

The Hiding Place

D811.5 .T4272 2000z DVD
145 minutes; released 1975.
The true story of a Dutch family who helped to save Jews during World War II.
Directed by James F. Collier.

Hiroshima, My Love = Hiroshima, Mon Amour

PN1997 .H53 2003 DVD
86 minutes; released 1959.
During the filming of an anti-war film in Japan, a French actress falls in love with a Japanese architect. They share their memories of a war experienced at opposite sides of the world.
In French with English subtitles.

Human Condition I (No greater love) = Ningen no joken I

PL828 .O4 N52 1999 vd.1 DVD
205 minutes; released 1959.
A pacifist civilian's humane treatment of mine workers and Allied prisoners of war angers the Japanese authorities during World War II. Based on the novel by Junpei Gomikawa.
Directed by Masaki Kobayashi.

Human Condition II (The Road to eternity) = Ningen no joken II

PL828 .O4 N52 1999 vd.2 DVD
177 minutes; released 1959.
Tells the story of Kaji, who is sent to the front in the horrible final days of World War II as punishment for treating Chinese prisoners humanely. Based on the novel by Junpei Gomikawa.
Directed by Masaki Kobayashi.

Human Condition III (A Soldier's prayer) = Ningen no joken III

PL828 .O4 N52 1999 vd.3 DVD
186 minutes; released 1961.
Tells the story of Kaji, who awakens to a world ravaged by war. Starved and pursued by guilt and fear, he escapes into Siberia. Based on the novel by Junpei Gomikawa.
Directed by Masaki Kobayashi.

Into the Arms of Strangers

DS135 .E6 I58 2001 DVD
122 minutes; released 2000.
A documentary about the Kindertransport, the successful rescue of 10,000 German, Austrian, and Czechoslovakian Jewish children just prior to the outbreak of World War II. Narrated by Judi Dench.
Directed by Mark Jonathan Harris.

Jakob the Liar

PN 1997 .J356 2000 DVD
120 minutes; released 1999.
In Nazi occupied Poland a Jewish cafe owner invents fictitious news bulletins about Allied advances against the Nazis. His lies keep hope and humor alive among ghetto inhabitants, until the Germans begin to hunt for the resistance hero operating the radio which spreads these bulletins.
Directed by Peter Kassovitz.

Kad Budem Mrtav i Beo

PN1997 .K686 2004 DVD
83 minutes; released 1980.
In April 1941 a diverse group of Yugoslavian travellers board a bus going to Belgrade and have a series of mis-adventures.
In Serbian.

Kanal

PG 7178 .T3 K32 2003 DVD
96 minutes; released 1957.
Second film in Andrzej Wajda's trilogy of war films (A Generation, Ashes and Diamonds); begins on the 56th day of the Warsaw uprising against the Nazis. It depicts the dignity of ordinary people in the face of unspeakable horror.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Katyn

PN1997.2 .K38 2009 DVD
121 minutes; released 2007.
Dramatization of the massacre of 20,000 people (interned Polish officers as well as civilians accused of treason by the occupying Soviet forces) by the Soviet secret police at Katyn in the spring of 1940, and the cover-up that followed.
Directed by Andrzej Wajda.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Lacombe, Lucien

PN1997 .L336 2006 DVD
138 minutes; released 1974.
Having failed to join the French resistance during the Nazi occupation of France in the 1940s, a young man decides instead to work for the German police. Then he meets a young Jewish woman.
Directed by Louis Malle.
In French with English subtitles.

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

PN1997 .L544 2002 DVD
163 minutes; released 1943.
The film follows the exploits of exemplary British soldier Clive Candy as he battles to maintain his honor and proud gentlemanly conduct through romance, three wars, and a changing world.

Life is Beautiful = La Vita e Bella

PN1997 .V58 1997 DVD
116 minutes; released 1997.
Guido lives his life full of spirit and imagination in the Tuscan town of Arrezzo ignoring the anti-Semitic racism brewing in 1939. In 1945, when sent to a concentration camp, Guido focusses all his energy on saving those he loves.
In Italian with English subtitles.

Lotna

PG7158 .Z78 L622 2006 DVD
89 minutes; released 1959.
A fictionalized homage to the service of the Polish cavalry in World War II. The cavalry is symbolized by Lotna, a white horse first appearing under a barrage of shellfire, and ultimately ridden into battle against the invading tanks of Nazi Germany.
Directed by Andrzej Wajda.
In Polish with English subtitles.

A Man Escaped = Un condamné à mort s'est échappé

D805 .F8 D42 2004 DVD
100 minutes; released 1956.
A French resistance activist is imprisoned by the Nazis and devotes all of his time to planning an elaborate escape.
In French with optional English subtitles.

The Marriage of Maria Braun = Die Ehe der Maria Braun

PN1995.9 .F67 E4 2002 VHS
120 minutes; released 1978.
Attempting to rebuild her life in post-war Germany, Maria finds herself immersed in capitalism.
In German with English subtitles.

Mediterraneo

PN1997 .M411 1993 VHS
90 minutes; released 1991.
A group of Italian soldiers are stranded on a Greek island.
In Italian with English subtitles.

Miracle at Moreaux

PN 1997 .M56 2003 DVD
58 minutes; released 1985.
Three Jewish children hide from the Nazis in a convent school in France.
Directed by Paul Shapiro.

Monsignor Renard

D743.23 .M667 2006 DVD
232 minutes.
The faith of a priest is tested as he is drawn towards the French Resistance.

Mrs. Miniver

PN1997 .M77 2000 VHS
134 minutes; released 1942.
Set in 1940, a family struggles through German bombing in a small English town.

The Murderers Are Among Us = Die Morder Sind Unter Uns

PT2639 .T24 M87 1999 DVD
81 minutes; released 1946.
Haunted by their war experiences, a concentration camp survivor and a former officer and surgeon in the German army try to move forward with their lives.
In German with English subtitles.

Night and Fog = Nuit et Brouillard

D805 .G3 N84 2003 DVD
31 minutes; released 1955.
Produced ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, this documentary depicts the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz and Majdanek.
Directed by Alain Resnais.
In French with English subtitles.

The Ninth Day = Der Neunte Tag

D805.5 .D33 N48 2005 DVD
93 minutes; released 2004.
A priest is released from a concentration camp on condition that he cooperates with Nazi propaganda.
In German with optional English subtitles.

The Nun's Story

PS3515 .U5 N8 1988 VHS
152 minutes; released 1958.
A young nun dedicated to medical work in the African Congo and in World War II Belgium struggles to reconcile her independent spirit to the rigors and humility of a religious life.

Okupacija u 26 Slika

PN1997 .O386 2005 DVD
116 minutes; released 1978.
Three close friends - a Croat, an Italian, and a Jew - take different sides when Dubrovnik is invaded in 1941.
In Serbian.

Open City = Roma, città aperta

D743.23 .R66 1997 DVD
105 minutes; released 1945.
A woman and a priest work with the Italian underground in Nazi-occupied Rome. Directed by Roberto Rossellini.
In Italian with optional English subtitles.

Out of the Ashes

D805 .P7 P362 2004 DVD
113 minutes; released for TV 2003.
A Jewish Hungarian doctor is accused of collaborating with the Nazis at Auschwitz.
Directed by Joseph Sargent.

Patton

E 745 .P3P386 2006 DVD
171 minutes; released 1970.
General Patton, who masterminded victory after victory during WWII, also considered himself to be an 18th century general living in the wrong era.

The Pianist

DS135 .P63 S94722 2003 DVD
148 minutes; released 2002.
Based on the true story of the talented pianist Wladyslaw Szpilmany, a Polish Jew, who avoided being deported to a Nazi death camp during World War II by hiding in the ruins of Warsaw.
Directed by Roman Polanski.

Pornografia

PG7158 .G669P6722 2003 DVD
152 minutes; released 2003.
Set in 1943 in occupied Poland; two older men visiting a country estate become obsessed with the lives of their host's daughter and the son of the local bailiff. As they try to ignite a love affair between the two young people their personalities become submerged and they eventually become the victims of their own manipulations.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Prisoner of Paradise

PN1998.3 .G477 P7 2005 DVD
100 minutes; released 2002.
Narrated by Ian Holm, this documentary tells the true story of Kurt Gerron, a well-known German-Jewish actor, director and cabaret star in 1920s and '30s Berlin who was captured by the Nazis, sent to a concentration camp, and ordered to write and direct a pro-Nazi propaganda film.

The Scarlet and the Black

D802 .S332 2003 DVD
156 minutes; released for TV 1981.
An Irish priest working in the Vatican aids escaped POWs and other refugees in Nazi occupied Rome during the Second World War. Based on the true-life story of Monsignor Hugh O'Flagherty.
Directed by Jerry London.

Schindler's List

PR9619.3 .K46 S32 2004 DVD
196 minutes; released 1993.
The true story of Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi party, womanizer, and war profiteer, who saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews during World War II.
Directed by Steven Spielberg.

The Seventh Chamber of Edith Stein

PN1997 .S374 1996 VHS
110 minutes
A dramatization of the life of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, the Carmelite nun who was killed at Auschwitz.
In French with English subtitles.

Shoah

D804.3 .S563 2003 DVD
9 hours, 26 minutes; released 1985.
Without dramatic re-enactment or archival footage, this documentary uses interviews with suriving camp inmates, SS commandants and eyewitnesses to unearth disturbing details--including timetables, finances, and logistics--about the step-by-step Nazi plan to carry out the Holocaust.
Directed by Claude Lanzmann.

Sophie's Choice

PS3569 .T9 S672 1998 DVD
150 minutes; released 1982.
A Polish-Catholic woman who has survived a Nazi concentration camp falls in love with a Jew in 1947 Brooklyn. Based on the novel by William Styron.
Directed by Alan J. Pakula.
In English, with optional Spanish subtitles.

The Thin Red Line

PS3560 .O49 T452 2001 DVD
170 minutes; released 1998.
A group of young soldiers fight in the battle of Guadalcanal during World War II. Based on the novel by James Jones.
Directed by Terrence Malick.
In English and Spanish, with optional English subtitles.

Dark Blue World

Tmavomodr Svet = Dark Blue World

PN1997.2 .D374 2002 DVD
112 minutes; released 2001.
The friendship between two Czech pilots in the British air force is ruffled by the stress of combat and and a woman.
In Czech with English subtitles.

The Truce = La Tregua

D805 .P7 L482 2003 DVD
118 minutes; released 1997.
Based on the true-story of Italian Jew, Primo Levi's release from Auschwitz and return to his homeland.
Directed by Francesco Rosi.

Two Women = La Ciociara

PQ4829 .O62 C52 2001 DVD
110 minutes; released 1960.
An Italian widow and her teenage daughter are raped by Allied soldiers.
Directed by Vittorio De Sica.
In Italian with optional English subtitles.

Varian's War

DS135 .F83 V37 2002 DVD
115 minutes; released 2001.
The fact-based story of the man known as "America's Schindler", Varian Fry, who helped more than 2,000 Jews, including many well-known artists and writers, escape from France during the Holocaust.
Directed by Lionel Chetwynd.

The War

D811.5 .W37 2007 DVD
840 minutes
Ken Burns's seven-part documentary looks at individuals from various parts of the United States and through their personal stories shows how no aspect of life remained untouched by the war.