Glory - American Civil War

The Blue and The Grey: The American Civil War on film

So many films have been made about this long and tragic civil war that I would not attempt to examine them all in one post. However, it is interesting to see how film-makers have dealt with the subject over the more than one hundred year history of cinema. As long ago as 1915, D.W. Griffith…

By Pete Johnson
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Lost Britain: A Nostalgic Look Back Through Seven Films

As someone who has lived all their life in England, one of my pleasures has been to watch old British films. I love to see the streets, the cars, the style of dress, and to reflect on a way of life that changed so rapidly after World War Two. Very often, these films show places…

By Pete Johnson
Prisoner of War - Rescue Dawn

Six great Prisoner of War films you might not have seen

Ever since there has been war, there have been prisoners of war. In times gone by, they might have been sold into slavery, recruited into the winning side, or just killed out of hand. As societies became more civilised, they began to treat prisoners with more care, putting them in camps under guard, and providing…

By Pete Johnson
Michael Caine - The Ipcress File

Michael Caine: An appreciation

Ask anyone to name some great British actors, and they might say Lawrence Olivier, Alec Guinness, John Mills, Richard Attenborough, or Anthony Hopkins. Pose the same question to younger respondents, and they could well come up with Jude Law, Clive Owen, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Eddie Redmayne. It is unlikely that any of them would think…

By Pete Johnson
Everlasting moments - cameras

The Camera on Film: Seven Films about Photographers

Perhaps because I have long had an interest in photography, and collecting cameras, films about this subject have always attracted my attention. There have been many films about early cinema pioneers, and the ubiquitous ‘film within a film’ theme offers many examples. However, this article is about still photographers, and how they have been represented…

By Pete Johnson
1612 historical epic

Seven Classic Historical Epics You Haven’t Seen

Ever since I can remember, I have always been a fan of historical and costume dramas. They often featured battles, sagas that spanned decades, and brought history to life from the pages of books that I had read. At one time, they were the staple diet of my weekly cinema excursions, when almost every film…

By Pete Johnson
Lebanon war films

Subtitled War Films: International Examinations of Conflict

Ever since I was young, I have enjoyed war films. Whether they were about medieval battles, colonial expansion, or one of the world wars, I found them exciting, inspiring, and enthralling. As I got a little older, I began to look past the glory and the heroism portrayed, and tried to find something deeper in…

By Pete Johnson