DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965)

An epic of Russian history that’s more interested in its central love dodecahedron than it is in Russian history, a fact that leaves me wondering what the point of it all is.

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP (1943)

A truly amazing movie that takes a negative stereotype and helps us understand him, in beautiful technicolor, with some of the most interesting performances I’ve seen, all made in England during the Blitz.

GOING MY WAY (1944)

Bing Crosby plays a laid-back, musical priest in this very laid-back musical that was a huge hit in the middle of World War II but mostly forgotten today.

ROMA CITTÁ APERTA (1945)

Perhaps the definitive “neorealist” film, shot in the rubble of Occupied Rome just after the Nazis had left.

CASABLANCA (1942)

Maybe the classic Old Hollywood movie, made at the height of World War II and maybe one big metaphor for the war itself.

SOPHIE’S CHOICE (1982)

Meryl Streep’s all-timer of a performance can’t make me ever want to watch this movie again.

WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954)

Great Irving Berlin songs, great performances, and a plot you shouldn’t think about too hard.

TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942)

A surprisingly funny take on World War II from the point of view of Polish actors, that came out only 3 months after Pearl Harbor.