This week's theme from Wandering Through the Shelves is World War II. A few weeks ago we had WWI, and unlike that one where I struggled to find picks, I'm struggling to narrow them down here. There's so many WWII movies. They almost seem repetitive at this point, but that many films also means there's quite a few great ones. I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot of Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, and Pearl Harbor this week. Here's three of my favorites.
1) Au Revoir Les Enfants
I just watched this back in April for the Bling Spot Series and it's been my favorite of the year so far. The story is about a French Catholic boarding school where one boy discovers the new student is a Jew being hidden from the Nazi's. It's an amazing movie.
2) Life is Beautiful
I'll always appreciate this film, about an Italian family sent to concentration camps for the fact that it actually managed to show something lighthearted in such a dark time. It still had very depressing moments, but the tone is much more upbeat than what we're used to.
3) Inglorious Basterds
Sure, Quentin Tarantino retconned Hitler's demise (in the most awesome way possible) but I love this movie about a group of Americans getting dropped into France to kill Hitler, and a French woman who is plotting revenge of her own after Nazis kill her family.