Film Quizzes: World War 2 Films

After seeing the superb Dunkirk last week, it got me thinking about what other depictions there had been of World War 2. There are some pretty famous ones I’ve left out, which you’re more than welcome to mention in the comments section. I wanted a wide range  that covered different aspects of the war. Fighting on the ground, being under attack under water, aerial warfare, resistance fighters and the struggle within concentration camps among them. See how many you can get. A bonus point if you can guess my favourite among them.

Film Quiz - World War 2 Film 1 1. (1940s)

Film Quiz - World War 2 Film 2 2. (1940s)

Film Quiz - World War 2 Film 3 3. (1950s)

Film Quiz - World War 2 Film 4 4. (1950s)

Film Quiz - World War 2 Film 16 5. (1950s)

Film Quiz - World War 2 Film 5 6. (1960s)

WHERE EAGLES DARE 7. (1960s)

Film Quiz - World War 2 Film 7 8. (1970s)

Film Quiz - World War 2 Film 8 9. (1980s)

Film Quiz - World War 2 Film 9 10. (1990s)

Film Quiz - World War 2 Film 10 11. (1990s)

Film Quiz - World War 2 Film 11 12. (1990s)

Film Quiz - World War 2 Film 14 13. (2000s)

Film Quiz - World War 2 Film 15 14. (2000s)

Film Quiz - World War 2 Film 12 15. (2000s)

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Line(s) of the Day #GimmeShelter

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War, children, it’s just a shot away

Taken from the song Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones from Let it Bleed (1969). One of the best known anti-war songs, it also features one of my favourite opening guitar riffs. If you’re a fan of The Rolling Stones, you might also like this previous post.

Line(s) of the Day #Catch-22

Catch-22

There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one’s safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn’t, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn’t have to; but if he didn’t want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.

“That’s some catch, that Catch-22,” he observed.

“It’s the best there is,” Doc Daneeka agreed.”

Line(s) of the Day #FawltyTowers

Fawlty Towers

Basil: I fought in the Korean War, you know. I killed four men.
Sybill: He was in the Catering Corps. He used to poison them.
 

John Cleese and Prunella Scales in British sitcom Fawlty Towers (1975 – 1979)

Film Quizzes: Vietnam

That very controversial American President Richard Nixon once said: “No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is mis-remembered now.” However you feel about the war itself, and what it represented, it has been fascinatingly portrayed on the big screen. See how well you can do at working out the six films below.

Film Quizzes - Vietnam Film 1 (1970s)

Film Quizzes - Vietnam Film 2 (1970s)

Film Quizzes - Vietnam Film 3 (1980s)

Good morning ,Vietnam 1988 Barry Levinson Robin Williams (1980s)

Film Quizzes - Vietnam Film 5 (1980s)

Film Quizzes - Vietnam Film 6 (2000+)

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Line(s) of the Day #Blackadder

Blackadder

Edmund Blackadder:  All right. Fire away, Baldrick. 
Baldrick: Hear the words I sing / War’s a horrid thing / So i sing sing sing / Ding a Ling a Ling.
George: (clapping) Oh, bravo, yes
Edmund Blackadder Well it started off badly, it tailed off a little in the middle, and the less said about the end, the better. But, apart from that, excellent!

Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson and Hugh Laurie in Blackadder (1983 – 1989)

The Things they Carried – Review

The Things they Carried

There have been so many classic war novels, covering all the multifarious method and madness the genre inspires in its writers, that it takes something pretty special to stand out from the crowd, let alone revolutionise the genre.

In his Pultizer Prize nominated sixth novel The Things They Carried, Vietnam veteran Tim O’Brien, raised all kinds of questions about the legacy of war on those whose lives it had come into, pushing the boundaries of metafiction. Published in 1990, it continues to enthrall.

With 22 different short stories working as a loose structure, O’Brien examines the lives of the soldiers of Alpha Company, looking at the influence their past lives have on their experiences of war. There is an unusual energy to the stories with O’Brien performing the difficult feat of keeping a reader engaged in a text with no unifying linear narrative, partly through the device of recurring characters. The continuing plight of vulnerable Lieutenant Jimmy Cross, Kiowa with his unshakable faith as well as our reflective author himself, who appears as a character, ensure that our fascination with the book never wavers.

The title is inspired by the unifying idea that each soldier takes something precious with him to war. From the mosquito repellent and pocket knives they all have to more personal belongings, such as a Bible, tranquilisers or a memento from a girl. And then there are things they didn’t know they were carrying; fear, naivety and loneliness.

The focus on the essential vulnerability of the men is explored with more depth in stories such as “Love” and “Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong”. We are reminded of the polarisation within characters required to kill yet full of youthful romantic innocence and how the two can never be reconciled. With “Enemies” and “Friends” and then with “The Man I killed” and “Ambush” O’Brien goes on to give a powerful war narrative before going on to look at the same events from different perspectives.

And it is through this that we really get to the heart of things. Though O’Brien is an undoubted specialist in writing about Vietnam, what he achieves here is something unlike any of his other works. By playing around with the structure, narrative, tone and character involvement we are able to see the horror of war on different levels. How regular thought is impossible, how guilt mixes with practicality when dealing with a comrade’s death, the conflicting emotions felt when coming across any enemy corpse and how though they are all together they are in effect on their own.

And as with all the literary greats, the ending is just as provocative and evocative as you would expect. O’Brien goes right back to a time which has nothing to do with war, focusing instead on a childhood memory. O’Brien knows that life is never as simple as war and peace, for those who have been through a war the two are, and will forever be, entangled.