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Sunday, May 15, 2005

Greatest War Films

Well, Channel Four have just aired their 100 Greatest War Films as voted for by the viewers; with The Great Escape at No 3, Apocolypse Now No 2, and at No 1, can't really be argued with, Saving Private Ryan.

Ok so it may be an obvious choice for No 1, being quite recent, and a lot of people don't like it because of it being just another 'Hanks and Spielberg' popular vehicle, but those criticism miss the point and the heart of the film. First, the method of shooting was inspired. Spielberg's fast shutters give a staccato effect, adding a true realism and sharp edges to explosions and dynamic movement on the screen. Added to the Oscar winning sound (apparantly achieved by shooting live rounds into slabs of beef) this had real Normandy veterans invited to pre-release screenings in tears and leaving the cinema shaken, declaring that Spielberg had got it right, the Veterans saw and heard Omaha beach again.

Here are my own Top Ten War Movies;
1 - Zulu
2 - Apocolypse Now
3 - A Bridge Too Far
4 - Full Metal Jacket
5 - Where Eagles Dare
6 - Saving Private Ryan
7 - Kelly's Heroes
8 - Dr Strangelove
9 - Spartacus
10 - Hell in the Pacific