There is a long list of great anti-war films. Here are just two that are near and dear to my heart.
The Steel Helmet (1951) from one of our national treasures, Samuel Fuller, was previously difficult to find until its release by the Criterion Collection. It was reportedly written in a week’s time, filmed in 10 days, and released only six months after the beginning of the Korean War. Gene Evans gives a magnificently gritty performance as Sgt. Zack. His relationship with a Korean boy, nicknamed Short Round, is beyond memorable. Sam Fuller’s experience as a reporter and his participation in WWII surely contributed to the exemplary scripting. The Steel Helmet just might be the best low budget war film of all time.
The Americanization of Emily (1964) stars James Garner and Julie Andrews. This raw comedy and biting satire of WWII is mostly set in London, where an American officer meets a British woman working for the American headquarters. Garner’s character is nothing short of audacious, in a way that only Cary Grant had executed prior. It is surprising that the film was even made considering that the lead character is a self-proclaimed coward. Prepare for a ride; this one is a real gem.
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