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    I think Bearcat posted about this one a while ago. Well, I finally got around to seeing it and can thoroughly recommend it. A very well told tale, beautifully filmed and well-acted that chronicles the story of Algerian troops in French service during WWII. An important story and a refreshing change from much of what has gone before in a some would say overdone genre.

    Band of Brothers with muslim heroes - so what's the problem? Give it a go, I say. You'll meet characters you'll find hard to forget and witness a very unglamourous final shoot-out with a "Please live through this" effect that rarely engages me in other films. Much more than a good war movie. French with English subtitles. 'Making of...' + historical documentary + interviews with director features included.

    I repeat, give it a go.

    Anyone else spotted goodies in the post-Chrimbo panic sales?
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    I think Bearcat posted about this one a while ago. Well, I finally got around to seeing it and can thoroughly recommend it. A very well told tale, beautifully filmed and well-acted that chronicles the story of Algerian troops in French service during WWII. An important story and a refreshing change from much of what has gone before in a some would say overdone genre.

    Band of Brothers with muslim heroes - so what's the problem? Give it a go, I say. You'll meet characters you'll find hard to forget and witness a very unglamourous final shoot-out with a "Please live through this" effect that rarely engages me in other films. Much more than a good war movie. French with English subtitles. 'Making of...' + historical documentary + interviews with director features included.

    I repeat, give it a go.

    Anyone else spotted goodies in the post-Chrimbo panic sales?
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    I rented it and liked it too. French weren't happy about it but they rarely are these days.

    Da Worfster
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    Done with souffle-light Gallic levity, probably the best film about colonialism, idealism, and WWI ever made (the best scene is when the young German officer and the young French officer discover each was a socialist before the war):

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074972/
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    Days of Glory is excellent ,I purchased "When Trumpets Fade"which is set during the Battle of Hürtgen Forest, most have probably seen it but was great to watch again and very sobering.
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    I think "When Trumpets Fade" is one of the best films about war I've ever seen, bar none. No schlock, no triumphalism---just the grinding of attrition---which, with few exceptions, is the true nature of modern war.
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    Heh, I just saw Days of Glory last weekend. Definitely a very good movie. Good acting, nice cinematography, some very touching stuff like the woman and the Algerian guy who couldn't reach one another, and some pretty tense action here and there. I don't like many war movies--usually they throw a lot of characters at you without letting you get to know them, and have some cheesy action scenes that look unrealistic, but this one avoided those issues.
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    I was trying to remember the name of that film to recommend it to a friend..
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    Saw it a couple of weeks ago.A great movie.
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