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The Tattooist of Auschwitz: Limited Series  Season 1, Ep 0

[TRAILER] Lali Sokolov (Jonah Hauer-King) arrives at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1942, and shortly after arrival, he is made a tätowierer. He meets Gita (Anna Próchniak) when tattooing her prisoner number on her arm. Under constant guard from a volatile Nazi SS officer Baretzki (Jonas Nay), Lali and Gita become determined to keep each other alive. Also starring Harvey Keitel as Lali in 2003, as he recounts his story to his aspiring biographer (Melanie Lynskey). [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on May 5, 2024 - 1 comment

Movie: The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

The British military recruits a small group of highly skilled soldiers (Henry Cavill, the Large Guy from Jack Reacher, Henry Golding) to strike against German forces behind enemy lines during World War II. (Guy Ritchie directs.) [more inside]
posted by praemunire on Apr 19, 2024 - 9 comments

Movie: One Life

British stockbroker Nicholas 'Nickie' Winton visits Czechoslovakia in the 1930s and forms plans to assist in the rescue of Jewish children before the onset of World War II, in an operation that came to be known as the Kindertransport.
posted by sammyo on Mar 17, 2024 - 4 comments

Movie: The Stranger

[TRAILER] Immediately following World War II, ex-Nazi Franz Kindler (Orson Welles) is living under a false identity as a teacher in a small Connecticut town, and has even married the headmaster's daughter (Loretta Young) as part of his cover. But when one of Kindler's old German associates (Konstantin Shayne) arrives unexpectedly in town, bringing in his wake a sly federal investigator (Edward G. Robinson), Kindler resorts to desperate measures to preserve his secret. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 9, 2024 - 3 comments

Movie: Journey into Fear

An American engineer in Istanbul, Howard Graham (Joseph Cotten), becomes the target of a Nazi assassination due to his involvement in improving the Turkish navy. With the help of police Colonel Haki (Orson Welles), Graham escapes from his hotel to board a ship to safety, leaving behind his wife (Ruth Warrick). On board, he encounters a number of passengers, including the dancer Josette Martel (Dolores del Río). However, the passenger Peter Banat (Jack Moss) is not who he appears to be. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 9, 2024 - 1 comment

Masters of the Air: Part Two  Season 1, Ep 2

The 100th bombs German U-boat pens in Norway. With the help of Lt Crosby's navigating, a damaged B-17 struggles to get back to Britain. [more inside]
posted by cardboard on Jan 26, 2024 - 3 comments

Masters of the Air: Part One  Season 1, Ep 1

Led by Majors Cleven and Egan, the 100th Bomb Group arrives in England and joins the 8th Air Force's campaign. [more inside]
posted by cardboard on Jan 26, 2024 - 8 comments

A Small Light: Complete Miniseries  Season 1, Ep 0

[TRAILER] Follows the true story of Miep Gies, a Dutch woman who risked her life to shelter Anne Frank's family from the Nazis for more than two years during World War II. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 24, 2024 - 7 comments

Time Team: Time Team Special - Digging Band of Brothers with Tony Robinson  Season 22, Ep 5

He's back! Sir Tony Robinson returns to Time Team to investigate the US 101st Airborne Division in Britain. Time Team have been invited to Aldbourne, Wiltshire, by Operation Nightingale, on the 80th anniversary since Easy Company were stationed here in 1943, shortly before D-Day. Working alongside service men and women from the US and UK, the team have just over a week to investigate the camp, once home to the iconic 'Band of Brothers'. [more inside]
posted by drewbage1847 on Oct 1, 2023 - 2 comments

Movie: Farewell My Concubine

Abandoned by his prostitute mother in 1920, Douzi (Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing) was raised by a theater troupe. There he meets Shitou (Zhang Fengyi) and over the following years the two develop an act entitled "Farewell My Concubine" that brings them fame and fortune. When Shitou marries Juxian (Gong Li), Douzi becomes jealous, the beginnings of the acting duo's explosive breakup and tragic fall take root. [more inside]
posted by praemunire on Sep 27, 2023 - 5 comments

Book: Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation

A timeless story rediscovered by each new generation, The Diary of a Young Girl stands without peer. This graphic edition remains faithful to the original, while the stunning illustrations interpret and add layers of visual meaning and immediacy to this classic work of Holocaust literature. [more inside]
posted by aniola on Sep 20, 2023 - 6 comments

Movie: Summerland

[TRAILER] Reclusive and irritable writer Alice Lamb (Gemma Atherton) finds her life disrupted by the arrival of evacuee Frank, a London schoolboy who slowly breaks through her reserve as World War II rages across the channel. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 9, 2023 - 3 comments

Movie: Twenty-Four Eyes

[TRAILER] Schoolteacher Hisako Oishi struggles to imbue her students with a positive view of the world despite the fact that war is looming. aka Nijushi no hitomi [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 17, 2023 - 3 comments

Movie: American Pop

[TRAILER] The history of American popular music runs parallel with the history of a Russian Jewish immigrant family, with each male descendant possessing different musical abilities. [more inside]
posted by hanov3r on Jul 28, 2023 - 8 comments

Movie: Brooklyn 45

[TRAILER] On a freezing evening in December 1945, five military veterans (Anne Ramsay, Ezra Buzzington, Jeremy Holm, Larry Fessenden, Ron E. Rains) gather together in the ornate parlor of a Brooklyn brownstone. Best friends since childhood, they have reunited to support their troubled host – but when his invitation for cocktails turns into an impromptu séance, the metaphoric ghosts of their past become all-too-literal. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jul 5, 2023 - 6 comments

Movie: Freaks Out

[TRAILER] Four circus freaks with superpowers find themselves trapped in Nazi-occupied Rome after their owner and father figure goes missing in the aftermath of the 1943 surrender of Italy to the Allies. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on May 9, 2023 - 6 comments

Movie: Sisu

[TRAILER] In the waning days of WWII, an aging gold miner (Jorma Tommila) in Finnish Lapland finds a rich vein and heads home to cash in. A Nazi patrol decides they should kill him and take his gold. This is an extremely bad decision. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on May 6, 2023 - 15 comments

Transatlantic: Full Season 1  Season 1, Ep 0

Two Americans and their allies form a scrappy rescue operation in 1940 Marseilles to help artists, writers and other refugees fleeing Europe during WWII. [more inside]
posted by ltl on Apr 11, 2023 - 3 comments

Movie: 1941

After Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, residents of California descend into a wild panic, afraid that they might be the next target. Among them are Wild Bill Kelso (John Belushi), a crazed National Guard pilot; Sgt. Frank Tree (Dan Aykroyd), a patriotic, straight-laced tank crew commander; Ward Douglas (Ned Beatty), a civilian willing to help with the American war effort at any cost; and Maj. Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell (Robert Stack), who tries his hardest to maintain sanity amid the chaos. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 2, 2023 - 8 comments

Movie: The Life of Emile Zola

[TRAILER] After struggling to establish himself, author Emile Zola (Paul Muni) wins success writing about the unsavory side of Paris and settles into a comfortable upper-class life. However, Zola's complacency is shaken when Jewish officer Alfred Dreyfus (Joseph Schildkraut) is imprisoned for being a spy. Realizing that Dreyfus is an innocent victim of anti-Semitism, Zola boldly pens a newspaper article exposing the truth, is charged with libel and must defend himself in a dramatic courtroom testimony. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 26, 2023 - 1 comment

Movie: Mrs. Miniver

[TRAILER] English middle-class family, The Minivers, experience life in the first months of World War II. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 18, 2023 - 2 comments

Movie: The Keep

Nazi captain Klaus Woermann (Jürgen Prochnow) and his soldiers take over an ancient Romanian fortress that seems to have been built not to keep people out, but to keep something in. As mysterious forces begin killing off his men, Woermann's commanding officer Major Kaempffer (Gabriel Byrne) demands answers. The nearby village's priest (Robert Prosky) suggests they retrieve Jewish scholar Theodore Cuza (Ian McKellen) and his daughter Eva (Alberta Watson) from a nearby concentration camp to see if they can uncover the keep's secrets. Meanwhile, an ominous stranger (Scott Glenn) circles and waits. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 4, 2023 - 6 comments

Movie: The Train

As the Allied forces approach Paris in August 1944, German Colonel Von Waldheim is desperate to take all of France's greatest paintings to Germany. He manages to secure a train to transport the valuable art works even as the chaos of retreat descends upon them. The French resistance, however, wants to stop them from stealing their national treasures. The station master, Labiche, is tasked with scheduling the train and making it all happen smoothly -- but he is also part of a dwindling group of resistance fighters tasked with preventing the theft. He and others stage elaborate ruses and more to keep the train from ever leaving French territory. JustWatch listing; leaving Amazon Prime in the US at the end of today, Nov 30.
posted by brainwane on Nov 30, 2022 - 10 comments

Movie: Patton

"Patton" tells the tale of General George S. Patton, famous tank commander of World War II. The film begins with Patton's career in North Africa and progresses through the invasion of Germany and the fall of the Third Reich. Side plots also speak of Patton's numerous faults such his temper and habit towards insubordination. [more inside]
posted by Marky on Nov 16, 2022 - 9 comments

Movie: Operation Mincemeat

During WWII, two intelligence officers use a corpse and false papers to outwit German troops. [more inside]
posted by drewbage1847 on Jun 21, 2022 - 6 comments

Movie: Greyhound

Several months after the U.S. entry into World War II, an inexperienced U.S. Navy commander must lead an Allied convoy being stalked by a German submarine wolf pack.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Apr 11, 2022 - 6 comments

Movie: The Bombardment

On March 21st, 1945, the British Royal Air Force set out on a mission to bomb Gestapo's headquarters in Copenhagen. The raid had fatal consequences as some of the bombers accidentally targeted a school and more than 120 people were killed, 86 of whom were children. Also known as The Shadow in My Eye. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Mar 13, 2022 - 2 comments

Book: Maus

A brutally moving work of art—widely hailed as the greatest graphic novel ever written—Maus recounts the chilling experiences of the author's father during the Holocaust, with Jews drawn as wide-eyed mice and Nazis as menacing cats. Maus is a haunting tale within a tale, weaving the author's account of his tortured relationship with his aging father into an astonishing retelling of one of history's most unspeakable tragedies. It is an unforgettable story of survival and a disarming look at the legacy of trauma. [more inside]
posted by one for the books on Jan 30, 2022 - 9 comments

Book: WE HEREBY REFUSE: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration

We Hereby Refuse captures not only the wave of uncertainty that swept through the Japanese American incarceration camps during the second World War under Executive Order 9066, but also the remarkable surge of defiance that proliferated in response. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Dec 12, 2021 - 1 comment

Movie: The Best Years of Our Lives

Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed. [more inside]
posted by Fukiyama on Nov 11, 2020 - 7 comments

Movie: The Dirty Dozen

An all-star cast featuring Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland, Tríni Lopez, and others murders the absolute shit out of a bunch of Nazis. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 23, 2020 - 6 comments

Movie: Black Book

In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer (Carice Van Houten) infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance. Paul Verhoeven directs the most expensive (and some say finest) Dutch film ever made. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 19, 2020 - 9 comments

Movie: A Hidden Life

Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter refuses to fight in the German army or swear an oath of allegiance to Hitler in WWII. Directed by Terrence Malick, based on a true story. [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Jan 10, 2020 - 5 comments

Movie: Life Is Beautiful

An Italian book seller of Jewish ancestry who lives in his own little fairy tale. His creative and happy life comes to an abrupt halt when his entire family is deported to a concentration camp during World War II. While locked up, he goes to great lengths to convince his son that the whole thing is just a game.
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 13, 2019 - 11 comments

Strange Angel: Aeon  Season 2, Ep 7

Susan and Patty's relationship reaches a breaking point when Susan learns of her sister's indiscretions - nevertheless, they must join forces to use Virgil as a means to an end. After Marisol receives devastating news, she gains a new perspective on her relationship with Richard. Jack has a chance to get back into the military's good graces, but the conditions may be too tough to swallow. Jack's power within the Agape rises to new heights; however, the arrival of a new prospective tenant at the Parsonage threatens to change all that. [Season finale] [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 26, 2019 - 1 comment

Strange Angel: The Tower  Season 2, Ep 6

Following the party at the Parsonage, Jack must strike a dangerous bargain, while the police investigate the Agape. Meanwhile, Richard, Chiang and Mesulam are sent to London for a military research project, where Richard goes to great lengths to clear Jack's name. Devastating truths come to light, putting Jack and Susan's future in doubt, and relationships continue to change. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 26, 2019 - 0 comments

Strange Angel: The Hanged Man  Season 2, Ep 5

Facing increasing suspicions from the federal government, Jack tries to clear the air with a summer dinner party and everyone is invited! Ernest pushes Jack to find his true path. "A man of fire should not be bowing before a man of clay."
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 26, 2019 - 0 comments

Strange Angel: The Wheel of Fortune  Season 2, Ep 4

Jack's earns Ernest's loyalty but divides the rest of the devout. Marisol confronts her father about the secret that destroyed their family as Richard deals with his broken heart by diving deeper into the rocketry project. Meanwhile, when Susan's attempt to use bureaucracy to the group's benefit hits a roadblock, she turns to Ernest in hopes of putting a stop to Virgil's harassment once and for all.
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 11, 2019 - 1 comment

Strange Angel: The Lovers  Season 2, Ep 3

When Jack's secret notebook goes missing, he looks for guidance, and seeks out Ernest's help to deal with the situation, while Susan attempts to mollify their conservative, upper crust neighbors. Virgil turns the screws to his confidant. "I do love a good propaganda film. Everything is so black and white. If only life were so simple."
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 11, 2019 - 0 comments

Movie: The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot

A legendary American war veteran is recruited to hunt a mythical creature.
posted by paper chromatographologist on Jun 30, 2019 - 3 comments

Strange Angel: The Fool  Season 2, Ep 1

Two years since the events in season one of Strange Angel, the U.S. Military offers Jack, Richard and their team a classified mission that could turn the tide of World War II, but which comes with increased scrutiny of Jack's personal life. As Jack strives to straddle the worlds of mysticism and science, Virgil Byrne's crusade against the beliefs of Jack and Susan, they offer the religious family safe haven, and find a familiar face returns.
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 21, 2019 - 0 comments

Strange Angel: The Magus  Season 2, Ep 2

Ernest's intentions are questioned, and alliances shift with new revelations. Richard seeks Marison's family, and finds more than he anticipated, and has more questions. Patty works to become a valued participant in the war effort, and at home. Jack finds help from an unlikely source.
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 21, 2019 - 0 comments

Strange Angel: The Sacrificial Dance  Season 1, Ep 10

When Jack receives an invitation to ascend to the next degree, the Parsons must decide if this is what they both want for their future. After uncovering the truth about her own past, Susan is forced to deal with the chilling revelation back in the real world. Richard and Jack finally find common ground, rallying the Suicide Club for a dangerous final demonstration. Jack has all he needs except for one crucial element.
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 21, 2019 - 0 comments

Strange Angel: Glorification of The Chosen One  Season 1, Ep 7

While Richard and the rocketry team leave's Jack and his work for more conventional pursuits, Jack turns to other means to convince General Braxton that reaching the moon isn't just comic book fantasy. Susan's concerns about Jack grow after she researches Aleister Crowley and confronts Maggie with the mysterious truths behind this cult religion. Susan's questions leave Maggie at a breaking point, forcing Ernest to confront his inner demons.
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 20, 2019 - 0 comments

Book: The Unwomanly Face of War

Alexievich chronicles the experiences of the Soviet women who fought on the front lines, on the home front, and in the occupied territories. These women—more than a million in total—were nurses and doctors, pilots, tank drivers, machine-gunners, and snipers. They battled alongside men, and yet, after the victory, their efforts and sacrifices were forgotten. Alexievich traveled thousands of miles and visited more than a hundred towns to record these women’s stories. Together, this symphony of voices reveals a different aspect of the war—the everyday details of life in combat left out of the official histories. [more inside]
posted by mixedmetaphors on Mar 16, 2019 - 2 comments

Movie: Overlord

France, World War II, June 1944. On the eve of D-Day, some American paratroopers fall behind enemy lines after their plane crashes during a mission consisting of destroying a German radio tower in Cielblanc, a small village near the beaches of Normandy. After reaching their target, the surviving paratroopers realize that, in addition to fighting Nazi troops that patrol the village, they also must fight against something else.
posted by Alexandra Michelle on Feb 23, 2019 - 5 comments

The Department of Time: Tiempo de espías (Time of spies)  First Watch   Season 3, Ep 2

The agents travel to Spain and France in 1943 to ensure the success of Britain's "Operation Mincemeat" during WWII. A Spanish spy captured in Nazi-occupied France is revealed to be an important figure in the Ministry's past and its present. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 9, 2018 - 3 comments

Movie: The Bridge

In 1945, Germany is being overrun, and nobody is left to fight but teenagers. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jul 12, 2018 - 2 comments

Movie: Army of Shadows

An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 26, 2018 - 7 comments

Movie: The Victors

Intelligent, sprawling saga of a squad of American soldiers, following them through Europe during World War II. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jun 16, 2018 - 1 comment

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