1st article in our 5 week series on the War Film Genre
By Open Book
In celebration of the debut of our sister site FromPagetoSilverScreen (a collection of avid readers and devoted movie goers come together to discuss and improve their literary and film connoisseurship skills). Each week on LIH we are doing a five week-long series on the War Film genre. Why? The book we are currently reviewing on FromPagetoSilverScreen is an International Bestselling novel by author Paullina Simons entitled The Bronze Horseman. The book was adapted by Simons herself and in pre-production, with a scheduled film release date of 2012.
The Bronze Horseman is an impossible love story that takes place in 1941 Leningrad when Hitler first invades Russia. Faced with unimaginable circumstances two people meet by chance and are instantly ripped apart by family, War and Communist Russia. Soon the two lovers realize they can’t be together without great life or death sacrifices. Litllebells one of our authors on LIH recommended this book and said “this love story is Doctor Zhivago on steroids.” Filled with desire, obstacles and deep yearning, the avid reader will not be bored or disappointed. So in highlighting our series on War films, for this article we will look at Why We Love Romance & War Films? However, to start things off, here’s a song we think best represents this beautiful love story. Please enjoy!
What is it about War that bring couples together? Perhaps it’s the thought of never seeing each other again that throw people into each others arms? However, why do we love watching Romance & War films? Perhaps they re-establish our hope and faith in humanity and reaffirms in us what really matters in life? After all, the two expressions (Love & War) represent the best and worst of mankind. The first War film was in 1898 called Tearing Down the Spanish Flag it was produced in response to the Spanish-American War. War films often depict soul searching, tragic consequences, survival and tales of gallant sacrifices. Many War films produced during the 1940’s centered around Romance, Casablanca considered by many the best Romance film of all time, came out in 1942 around World War II. Romance often centers on, young and old, forbidden, sacrificial and tragic love. Often War/Romance provides the perfect contrast for epic movie making. Listed below are our Top 10 Romantic War Films.
- Casablanca (1942)
- Dr. Zhivago (1965)
- Gone With The Wind (1939)
- From Here to Eternity (1953)
- Enemy at The Gates (2001)
- The English Patient(1996)
- Cold Mountain(2003)
- A Very Long Engagement(2004)
What are some of your favorite Romance/War films and why?
Please join us for this discussion on Thursday 10/6/2011@7pE/12UTC