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.
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.
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.
For many French, who fought bravely, the First World War was to be the "all wars." Yet within two decades, Europe, and France in particular, was slipping again into the barbarism and cruelty of another conflict. The dreams of peace were dashed, and a new generation thrown into chaos. What sinister sequences preceded the Second World War? Back to the tragic events throughout the chronicle of a time nourished by passions and agitation, dominated by powerful personalities.
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]
As the United States Air Force and Allied forces increased their bombing raids on Germany during World War II, Hitler's military scrambled to fine-tune their mid-air tactics and fighter planes. This program chronicles the air war over France and the English Channel during the crucial years of 1939-42. The program focuses on the role of the Messerschmitt BF-109, the Focke Wolf FW-190 and other German aircraft during these years.
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.
This shows successful operations by the Finnish Air Force in the Winter War and the Continuation War of 1939-1945. The DVD consists mainly of films which have been shot by war-time photographers. A significant part of the material has not been published before.
Jeff Wilson, the owner of a small circus, owes his partner Carter $10,000. Before Jeff can pay, Carter lets his accomplices steal the money, so he can take over the circus. Antonio Pirelli and Punchy, who work at the circus, together with lawyer Loophole try to find the thief and get the money back.
A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo, and learn something about each other in the process.
Trace the overlapping journeys of exceptional women swept up in World War I and hear their tales of bravery on history's front lines
A crooked producer makes money from Broadway flops by selling more than 100% interest to multiple parties. He only fails if it makes a profit.
Chapter 8 of the series 18 decades of life in Mexico in the twentieth century. Images of the cultural, social and political life in Mexico between 1935-1939.
The story of President Monroe's response to attempts by Spain to interfere in South America.
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.
Among the multiple arbitrary points that could be pegged as the beginning of World War II, the one that gains the most consensus is Germany's invasion of Poland on Sept. 1, 1939. It prompted both France and Britain to declare war within 48 hours. The Nazis then conquered Norway, Denmark and France, and set its bombers' sights on Britain. In this lecture, Victor Davis Hanson explores the blitzkrieg tactics that fueled Adolf Hitler's success and the foolish appeasement philosophy that empowered Germany, Italy, Japan and, for a while, the Soviet Union. Hanson also gives viewers a peek into the lunacy that eventually led Hitler to invade the Soviet Union and the Japanese to attack Pearl Harbor. The dynamics changed in a war that had appeared to be over when France fell on June 20, 1940.