15 films to learn more about the First World War


Shoulder Arms! Charles Chaplin (USA, 1918)

With the recently concluded war, Charles Chaplin approached him in this silent short film that seamlessly blends comedy and war movies. Our protagonist – played by himself Charlot – is immersed in multiple situations filled absurd humor. You can find the movie here┬áputlocker.

Wings of William A. Wellman (USA, 1927)

First winning film Academy Award for Best Picture tells the story of two young Americans in love with the same girl who decide to join together to fight the war.Noted for its exemplary aerial sequences. First film awarded the Academy Award for Best Picture by the Academy of Hollywood.

Uneventfully in front of Lewis Milestone (US, 1930)

Based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, the film assumes the overall pessimism of the interwar about the First World War . His success with critics and audiences was endorsed by the Academy Film United States winning twoOscars , including the best film of the year.

The great illusion of Jean Renoir (France, 1937)

Considered by many as the first masterpiece of French filmmaker Jean Renoir , explores the camaraderie and friendship that was forged in the day to day among some French prisoners held in a German concentration camp. Finalist Academy Award for Best Picture .

The African Queen John Huston (USA, 1951)

One of the masterpieces of John Huston ( The Asphalt Jungle, Key Largo ). After the outbreak of the First World War, a moody captain and a mission – embodied to perfection by Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn – they try to escape from the Germans in a barge. Humphrey Bogart won his only Oscar as best actor for this film.

Paths of Glory Stanley Kubrick (USA , 1957)

Probably the iconic film World War. Exceptional anti – war and anti – military allegation directed by acclaimed Stanley Kubrick . The film tells us the (unfair) martialed soldiers who are subjected after the failure of a battle. The sequences in the trenches, court time, the interpretation of Kirk Douglas … everything is perfect in this masterpiece of cinema.

The Great War Mario Monicelli (Italy, 1959)

War Italian comedy where two Italian soldiers trying to survive the conflict with its picaresque. However, all will be in the most unexpected and tragic way. One of the great films of the legendary Italian neorealism. Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and finalist for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film.

Oh, how pretty! War Richard Attenborough (UK, 1969)

The late Richard Attemborough ( Gandhi ) debuted as a director with this curious tape that combines two popular genres such as the military and musical.Also it has a great cast headed by great figures of the British scene as Dick Bogarde, John Gieguld, Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith and Vanessa Redgrave, among others.

Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo (USA, 1971)

Dalton Trumbo took more than 3 decades (and survive hunting American Bruges) to bring to the big screen the novel he published in 1939. In the same recounts the terrible life of a mutilated in a hospital for war fighters. Perfectly reflects the new American cinema emerged in the 70s characterized greater social criticism and realism. Grand Jury Prize at Cannes .

The Red Baron Roger Corman (US, 1971)

It shows the rivalry in the air fighting during World War I between two prestigious enemy pilots: the German Baron Von Richthofen (known as the Red Baron) and Brown English. It has some of the most famous air battles of the history of cinema.

Gallipoli Peter Weir (Australia, 1981)

Australian film that recalls one of the most famous battles of World War that pitted Turks and Germans with Australians and New Zealanders. Directed byPeter Weir ( Witness, Club Dead Poets or The Truman Show ) and starring a young Mel Gibson , the film launched the career of both and opened the doors of Hollywood to them.

And the Ship Sails Federico Fellini (Italy, 1983)

Probably the last great Federico Fellini film tells how a luxury boat is immersed in the beginning of the First World War when he has to help some Serbs migrants trying to flee the war. Italian Film Academy recognized with 4 David di Donatello awards, including best film.

Capitaine Conan by Bertrand Tavernier (France, 1996)

Spectacular anti – war argument inspired by the novel by Roger Vercel , the film focuses on a part of the French army that ended the war, continues to act in the Danube area. 9 nominations for the Cesar awards, including best film.

A Very Long Engagement by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (France, 2004 )

The popular Jean-Pierre Jeunet ( Amelie ) met with his starring Audrey Tatou in this story that combines war movies, intrigue, romantic melodrama and fantasy.He noted for its sweeping images, setting or soundtrack. Curiously it has episodic collaboration of a Jodie Foster demonstrating his mastery of the French language. 5 Awards Caesar or 2 nominations to the Oscar the guarantee

War Horse Steven Spielberg (USA, 2011)

Last big production centered in World War by the renowned Steven Spielberg .The film, based on the eponymous play winning the Tony , tells the relationship between the young Albert and his horse in various war zones and their struggle to survive. Despite not being among the best of Steven Spielberg, the film managed to choose 6 Oscar nominations and 5 to the British Bafta.