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Brookdale Community College Brookdale Community College
CENTER FOR WORLD WAR II STUDIES & CONFLICT RESOLUTION
Center for WWII Studies

Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution Presents

Video and Vets

A unique program featuring the presentation of a World War II inspired movie and a discussion of the movie by veterans who were actually there!

Fall 2007 Program


A Walk in the Sun

A WALK IN THE SUN

Tues, October 9, 7pm, Warner Student Life Center (TL 1)
Fee and Code: $5 per person. Brookdale students: Free.
XWWTS 164 F

This drama filmed in 1945 chronicles an American army platoon moving through the Italian countryside following the successful, but bloody, invasion of Italy in the fall of ‘43. There is little cheerleading fervor or reflexive demonizing of the enemy as seen in other war films of the period but, instead, the film captures exceptionally well the platoon’s treacherous march over a beautiful landscape interrupted by sudden violent skirmishes resulting in a sense of random chaos and senseless loss. The film views the actions from the perspective of American troops who forge deep bonds amongst themselves and also experience the capricious fates that can lead one to spare one soldier while killing another. Dana Andrews and Richard Conte play the primary roles in this war classic directed by Lewis Milestone. A compelling wartime film that deserves viewing.

*Fee is not an admissions charge. The fee covers the costs of promoting the program and refreshments.


Sink the Bizmarck

SINK THE BISMARCK

Tues, November 27, 7pm, Warner Student Life Center (TL 1)
Fee and Code: $5 per person. Brookdale students: Free.
XWWTS 165 F

The film recounts one of the most famous battles in the history of naval warfare. In the spring of 1941, the German navy launched their juggernaut battleship, the Bismarck, to close off British supply lines that would, therefore, enable the Nazi military to invade England. A British counterstrike is ordered and, with an arsenal of ships at their command, two Royal Navy intelligence officers played by Kenneth More and Dana Wynter fight desperately to destroy the Bismarck. Shot in semi-documentary style, the black and white film covers all sides in the famous hunt that terrorized the sea for eight days. The story is rendered as faithfully as possible to C.S. Forester’s acclaimed book on the episode.

*Fee is not an admissions charge. The fee covers the costs of promoting the program and refreshments.

The Wings of Eagles

THE WINGS OF EAGLES

Tues, December 11, 7pm, Warner Student Life Center (TL 1)
Fee and Code: $5 per person. Brookdale students: Free.
XWWTS 166 F

The subject of Wings of Eagles is Commander Frank “Spig” Wead, pioneer aviator turned Hollywood screenwriter who writes after WW II the magnificent movie They Were Expendable. An accomplished moviemaker prior to the war, the skies beckoned Spig into action and he joins the U.S. Navy despite a crippling pre-war spinal injury that left him nearly powerless. Fighting his way back to limited mobility, he amasses an amazing flying record, makes a key contribution to the Pacific air war, and becomes a naval aviation legend. John Wayne in one of his strongest performances plays Spig in this John Ford production and Ward Bond plays John Ford himself. The movie is a compassionate biography of a true war hero.

*Fee is not an admissions charge. The fee covers the costs of promoting the program and refreshments.

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