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war films

  1. Les Carabiniers

    Jean-Luc Godard set out in 1963 to deliberately make a war film that would be neither dramatically involving nor formally compelling—and he…

  2. Children of Shatila

    Mai Masri's 1998 video recalls the massacre of Palestinian refugees at the eponymous camp in 1982. The camera moves over a squalid…

  3. About Baghdad

    Shot in July 2003, this collectively made video documentary is by far the most comprehensive account I've seen of how Iraqis view…

  4. Rana's Wedding

    A soulful Palestinian beauty (Clara Khoury) in occupied East Jerusalem receives an ultimatum from her father: if she hasn't married by the…

  5. The Battle of Algiers

    Gillo Pontecorvo's powerful and lucid 1965 docudrama about the Algerian struggle for independence in the 1950s was screened for Pentagon employees in…

  6. Rambo: First Blood Part II

    Camp director George Pan Cosmatos (The Cassandra Crossing, Escape to Athena) may have seemed an odd choice to film this sequel to…

  7. Kandahar

    Started in 2000 near the Afghan border in Iran and completed the following spring, this is one of Mohsen Makhmalbaf's strangest films…

  8. Night and Fog

    Only half an hour long, this is the greatest film ever made about the concentration camps (1956). Directed by Alain Resnais from…

  9. Basic Training

    Frederick Wiseman's fine black-and-white documentary (1971, 89 min.) follows a group of army draftees through eight weeks of basic training at Fort…

  10. Grand Illusion

    A film about war without a single scene of combat, Jean Renoir's 1937 masterpiece about French and German officers during World War…