A mysterious tale set around a traditional British family on the eve of World War Two. Oblivious to the looming shadow of World War II, the wealthy Keyes maintain a confident façade in the British countryside until daughter Anne becomes an unexpected pawn. Her accidental discovery of secret recordings creates a rift in the family.
When the war breaks out, Annika lives with her parents in Värmland, close to the border to Norway. Her cousin Harald is a dealer in the black market but has to escape from the police to Norway. Annika moves to Stockholm and gets a job as a waitress. She meets the happy-go-lucky Berit and together they have a wonderful time. She also meets a young man, Bengt, whom she marries. But almost immediately she discovers that her husband is different from the man who was courting her. Plot by Mattias Thuresson.
1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year is a once-over-lightly evocation of a slate of classic films unmatched before or since. In a year permitting 10 Best Picture nominees, the final cut included Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Dark Victory, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Ninotchka, Of Mice and Men, Stagecoach, Wuthering Heights, Love Affair. Shut out: The Roaring '20s, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Intermezzo, Destry Rides Again, Idiot's Delight, Young Mr. Lincoln, Gunga Din. This hour-long film finds room to acknowledge a few of these non-starters, but its brevity means a lot gets left out. This includes the absence of anything that doesn't celebrate the studio system, including the practices of the shrewd tyrants who ran them, seen in brief archival footage.
Mary and Larry are are a modestly successful skating team. Shortly after their marriage, Mary gets a picture contract, while Larry is sitting at home, out of work. To prove that he can accomplish things on his own, he leaves Hollywood and convinces a former partner to put on an ice revue in Canada. The show is a huge success, but it makes it impossible for him to be with his wife, but the studio boss has a wonderful idea. [imdb]
Amateur filmmaker, James Poppleton, delivers an account of WWII from the home front in Melbourne, Australia. Newspaper headlines set the scene and provide a timeline, starting with the declaration of war and various wartime activities such as air raid drills, marching, sandbagging and trench digging. Poppleton concludes with the end of World War II and marks the occasion with the Victory Day celebrations and marches that took place on the streets of Melbourne.
This harrowing war film is an epic dramatization of the first battle of World War II. The Battle of Westerplatte that began on 1 September 1939 will forever be remembered as the one that announced the beginning of the Second World War in Europe. Over one week, fewer than 200 Polish soldiers fought against heavy German bombardment and in the process came to symbolize the power of resistance. As the violence rages, a complex battle of a more personal nature plays out between two Polish commanders over how to best lead their men. Amid the bloodshed, they must ask themselves – should they fight until the last man standing or surrender in the face of overwhelming odds? What unfolds is a stirring exploration of the fight against the forces of tyranny.
Flubs and bloopers that occurred ont the set of some of the major Warner Bros. pictures of 1939.
Death of a Champion Dir: Robert Florey Cast: Lynne Overman, Virginia Dale, Joseph Allen, Donald O'Connor. USA 1939
The scourge of the Atlantic Ocean during World War II, Hitler's U-boat "Wolf Packs" were described by Winston Churchill as his greatest fear. And these roving bands of submarines quickly became the biggest threat to England, cutting the country off from vital supply routes and almost starving it into submission. This documentary traces the escalation of the U-boat war from 1939-41 with striking images collected from captured German footage.
In a programme broadcast 70 years to the day after the outbreak of WWII, people who were alive at the time speak of their memories.
Disney promotional film for Standard Oil featuring Mickey and Friends in a Parade. There was a tie in for a comic insert in papers called Travel Tykes.
WITNESS 1939 : THE DAY THE WAR BROKE OUT uses the words of interviewees, to add a personal insight into the events of 1939 and the beginning of the Second World War. From a Polish soldier we hear about the invasion of Poland and his experiences on the front line; we hear from an RAF pilot who scrambled to intercept a non-existent intruder, when the sirens sounded minutes after the announcement that Britain was at war. We also hear from the pilot who, two days later, took part in the 'friendly fire' incident that claimed the first RAF casualty of the war. Others give us a child's perspective of events. And what it was like to be evacuated. Their stories are illustrated using archive film. These are the untold stories of ordinary people, whose words convey a true sense of what it was like to be living at a time of momentous events.
A look at photographer Duane Michal's sequential photo narratives, with voiceover by Michals himself.
The complete series of documentaries about the events of World War II + film NUREMBERG. - Nazism and the conquests of the Germans (140 min): Escalation of war, which starts with the advent of Nazism and Hitler's expansionist ambitions. The causes immense tragedy turn into facts with declarations of war of the Germans and the occupation of France. - The Soviet resistance and the Japanese rule (155 min): The conflict comes alive with the fierce battles on the Russian front and the siege of Stalingrad. Across the world, the Japanese took control of the Asian region, up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. - The fall of fascism and the landing in Normandy (151 min): In Italy the armistice was signed and the country is split in two. On the one hand the Americans liberators, on the other hand the German occupation and the partisan struggle. - Auschwitz - Kamikaze - Atomic Bombs (75 min): Attacked on several fronts, the Germans collapse, showing the world the horror of the extermination camps.