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11/13/2013 9:37:18 PM
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That are biographical, historical, or historical fiction. I mean movies like Lincoln.
I have seen Lincoln, and I am going to watch Milk and the Assassination of Richard Nixon.
Any other ideas on films I should watch?
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11/13/2013 9:38:35 PM
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Birth of a nation
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11/13/2013 9:39:53 PM
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At 11/13/2013 9:38:35 PM, thett3 wrote:
Birth of a nation

Isn't that like horribly racist, though?
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11/13/2013 10:44:41 PM
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Gods & Generals and Gettysburg
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11/14/2013 12:52:28 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 11/13/2013 9:39:53 PM, PatriotPerson wrote:
At 11/13/2013 9:38:35 PM, thett3 wrote:
Birth of a nation

Isn't that like horribly racist, though?

It is, but history does not have to be sugarcoated. it is very well made for its period, and will give you a good idea of the prevailing thinking at its time, which does sound disguting to our contemporary eyes. So it's worth watching.
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11/14/2013 11:11:46 PM
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The Alamo (2004) is good. The Longest Day is great too.
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11/15/2013 9:19:03 PM
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At 11/14/2013 11:11:46 PM, 1Historygenius wrote:
The Alamo (2004) is good. The Longest Day is great too.

How dare you? The 1960 version with John Wayne was so much better!
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11/15/2013 10:01:16 PM
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At 11/15/2013 9:19:03 PM, Subutai wrote:
At 11/14/2013 11:11:46 PM, 1Historygenius wrote:
The Alamo (2004) is good. The Longest Day is great too.

How dare you? The 1960 version with John Wayne was so much better!

In some ways it is and I do love that one, but I aim the 2004 one for historical ally.
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11/16/2013 9:41:37 PM
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All the Presidents men is good. JFK is very entertaining.
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11/16/2013 9:45:58 PM
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Apocalypse now is good, Dr. Strangelove is one of my all time favorites.
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11/17/2013 6:25:03 PM
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HBO does a lot of great history, including: John Adams mini-series, Band of Brothers mini-series, Conspiracy (Nazi leadership meeting to agree on the final solution), Elizabeth, Gathering Storm, Laramie Project.
Zulu is high on my list, depicting the Battle of Rorke's Drift, when 150 British soldiers defended against 3,000 Zulu warriors. The same Chief Buthelezi who is still head of the Inkatha (Zulu) Party in South Africa played the part of his own Great-Grandfather. The movie does a terrific job of demonstrating tactics. You get a real sense of how British discipline and detachment translates into amazing applications of force in 1879. The Zulu do an amazing job of demonstrating short spear tactics, camouflage, psychological warfare in warrior societies.
The David Lean epics come up a bit short on the history side, but Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge over the River Kwai, and Dr. Zhivago are 3 amazing, beautiful, engaging films that bring life to each time and place.
Paul Greengrass films are great: Bloody Sunday, United 93, Captain Phillips
Richard Attenborough films like Gandhi, Chaplin, Cry Freedom
Spartacus
Raging Bull (Jake LaMotta)
The Queen
Topsy-Turvy (Gilbert & Sullivan)
Battle of Algiers
Triumph of the Will
Battleship Potemkin
The Right Stuff
Flags of Our Fathers/Letters from Iwo Jima-
Gallipoli
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11/17/2013 10:57:02 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 11/16/2013 9:41:37 PM, lewis20 wrote:
All the Presidents men is good. JFK is very entertaining.

I found JFK to be a horror flick.

Anyway, I'd recommend Nixon, even though it's a bit dense. Real Shakespearean tragedy there.

Also, Kingdom of Heaven, but only the director's cut (very important). Very good movie that frames the Crusades in a less flattering light. Was extremely relevant to the Iraq War when it came out as a critique against extremism.
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