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Good war films featuring children

PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 6:52 pm
by Sara
Having just seen Ivan's Childhood (Tarkovsky), The Two of Us, and Goodnight Mr. Tom , I feel inspired to ask if we can make a list of other war films that feature children.

There are many.

Of course Come and See. (Russian)
Au Revoir, Les Enfants (French)
Empire of the Sun
Forbidden Games (1952)

I have not elaborated on any of these except I want to say that The Two of Us features that wonderful old man who played in Renoir's Boudu Saved from Drowning. Both this film (The Two of Us) and Goodnight Mr. Tom give a heartwarming picture of a young boy in the war given to the care of an older man.

There are so many films about children in war time. Any war. Any child. Please let's make a good list and amplify it.

Sara

Re: Good war films featuring children

PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2008 3:53 pm
by wpqx
It's been a few years but wasn't there some youngin's in Lacombe Lucien? I'm drawing a surprising blank here despite the fact that there are like a billion of them.

Re: Good war films featuring children

PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 3:36 am
by arsaib4
Let's see: Rossellini's Germany Year Zero, Ozu's Record of a Tenement Gentleman, Stevens' The Diary of Anne Frank, Schlöndorff's The Tin Drum, Holland's Europa Europa...

There's certainly no lack of them.

Re: Good war films featuring children

PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 3:38 am
by wpqx
I would like to remove Diary of Anne Frank from the record that movie was utter garbage and I would never recommend it to anyone.

Re: Good war films featuring children

PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 11:03 am
by Sara
I thought of two more:

Hope and Glory
Life is Beautiful

Sara

Re: Good war films featuring children

PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 11:19 pm
by arsaib4
One more: Kinoshita's Twenty-Four Eyes -- being released by Criterion on August 19. I think you'll like it, Sara.

Re: Good war films featuring children

PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 10:22 am
by Sara


I was unaware of this film. I just looked it up on Criterion's release schedule and read about it. It looks like something I'd like to see.

Thanks,

Sara

Re: Good war films featuring children

PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 6:31 pm
by wpqx
The best Japanese film I've seen about the war and children is probably Grave of the Fireflies, but even I'm guilty of forgetting animated films.

Re: Good war films featuring children

PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 7:52 pm
by Sara
Yes! You are right. Thanks for reminding us of this beautiful, poignant animated film. A real gem.

Sara

Re: Good war films featuring children

PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 2:01 am
by arsaib4
Sara wrote:

I was unaware of this film. I just looked it up on Criterion's release schedule and read about it. It looks like something I'd like to see.

Thanks,

Sara

Great. And please feel free to add any comments to this thread I started a few months ago on Ms. Takamine, perhaps the classic film actress I admire the most.