Second Looks: Berlin Express (1948)

“The dove of peace was a pigeon. A dead pigeon.” Dr. Heinrich Bernhardt is in Paris, post-war, to attend a secret UN conference focused on German reunification. Elsewhere, a mysterious message has been found — “9850,” “21:45,” the letter “D,” and “Sulzbach” — attached to a dead pigeon. The police are unable to figure out the coded message but know that it’s some sort of … Continue reading Second Looks: Berlin Express (1948)

Since You Went Away (1944)

“This is a story of the Unconquerable Fortress: the American Home… 1943.” Anne Hilton (Claudette Colbert) is left to keep her family afloat after her husband volunteers for Army service. She and her teen daughters — Jane (Jennifer Jones) and Bridget (Shirley Temple) — do the best they can, rationing their food, planting a victory garden, and taking in a boarder (Monty Wooley) to help … Continue reading Since You Went Away (1944)

Period film: Fury (2014)

In April of 1945, US Army sergeant “Wardaddy” (Brad Pitt) and his crew (Shia LeBouf, Jon Bernthal, Michael Peña) are fighting on the European front. After the death of the gunner/assistant driver of the crew’s Sherman tank, a rookie named Norman (Logan Lerman) is brought in. Norman is completely unprepared for battle, having previously been assigned as a typist. The crew (with the exception of … Continue reading Period film: Fury (2014)

Keep Your Powder Dry (1945)

Valerie Parks (Lana Turner), Ann Darrison (Susan Peters) and Leigh Rand (Laraine Day) are three very different women who have all joined the WACS. Valerie is a beautiful, wealthy woman who lives a life of glamour and leisure. She joins up to prove that she’s a responsible adult and gain access to her trust fund. Ann is a military wife who is very devoted to … Continue reading Keep Your Powder Dry (1945)