The Longest Day (Dir. Ken Annakin and Andrew Marton, 1962): On June 6, 1944, the Allied Invasion of France marked the beginning of the end of Nazi domination over Europe. The attack involved 3,000,000 men, 11,000 planes and 4,000 ships, comprising the largest armada the world has ever seen.
Presented in the original black & white version, The Longest Day is a vivid, hour-by-hour re-creation of this historic event. Featuring a stellar international cast, and told from the perspectives of both sides, it is a fascinating look at the massive preparations, mistakes and random events that determined the outcome of one of the biggest battles in history.
Sink The Bismarck! (Dir. Lewis Gilbert, 1960): In the Spring of 1941, Nazi Germany's greatest battleship - the Bismarck, scourge of Atlantic shipping - is pinned down at her anchorage in Norway. Making a break for freedom and the safety of air cover from the Luftwaffe, the great ship is chased by the Royal Navy. Eventually, after heavy casualties, including the loss of HMS Hood, the Bismarck is finally trapped and sunk. Kenneth More stars as Captain Shepherd - the Admiralty's Director of Naval Operations - who, embittered by the death of his wife in an air raid, is assigned to this post just as the Bismarck makes its escape.
The Desert Rats (Dir. Robert Wise, 1953): Richard Burton stars in this exciting film about the courageous men who held off notorious German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, despite being hopelessly outnumbered. The year is 1941 and all that stands between Rommel and the Suez Canal is the fortress of Tobruk, which is manned only by a small Australian battalion, whom Captain MacRoberts (Burton) must whip into shape - fast!
James Mason co-stars in a stunning portrayal as Rommel in this stirring, action-packed story of the World War II heroes known as the Desert Rats.
Twelve O'Clock High (Dir. Henry King, 1949): Convinced an Air Force Commander is at breaking point, Brigadier General Savage (Gregory Peck) takes over his struggling bomber group. At first resentful and rebellious, the flyers gradually change as Savage guides them to amazing feats. But the stress of command soon takes its toll and the weary general reaches his own breaking point.
Authentic aerial battle footage and numerous acclaimed performances make Twelve O'Clock High a credible, stirring tale of courage and sacrifice.
A Farewell To Arms (Dir. Charles Vidor, 1957): This dense adaption of Ernest Hemingway's novel features Rock Hudson as American soldier Lt. Henry and his ill-fated love affair with British Nurse Catherine, portrayed by Jennifer Jones, during World War I.
The two lovers will stop at nothing to be together but Lt. Henry's internal struggles ultimately threaten the relationship. Hemingway's theme of questioning the nature of war and fighting is fully recognised under Charles Vidor's direction.