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Re: Combat films

From: Allan Goodall <agoodall@i...>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2000 04:31:27 -0500
Subject: Re: Combat films

I think I mentioned "Glory", "Zulu" is a favourite. I've always had a
particular fondness for "Apocalypse Now".  Most of the combat films
have been 19th century, forward, so here are some films from an earlier

I'm quite a samurai movie fan. I just got The Samurai Trilogy on DVD and
never seen it. However, for small unit action it's hard to beat "The
Samurai". If you like your samurai movies more like westerns, there's
incomparable "Yojimbo" (though "Yojimbo" is actually from the 19th
just prior to the Meiji Restoration). "Kagemusha" has some wonderful
sequences, but those found in "Ran" are much more intense (and
Kurosawa was almost blind when he made "Ran" and yet the colours are
fantastic). "Ran" is essentially a retelling of King Lear.

The Brannagh version of "Henry V" does a wonderful job of evoking
Okay, the history in "Braveheart" had problems (the battle of Stirling
with no bridge???) but it's hard to match it for sheer bloodletting. 

Allan Goodall
Goodall's Grotto:

"Surprisingly, when you throw two naked women with sex
toys into a living room full of drunken men, things 
always go bad." - Kyle Baker, "You Are Here"

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