Movie Review: THE AWAKENING

One Great War watched and reviewed The Awakening for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s an excerpt:

The Awakening, a 2011 film set in 1921, starring Rebecca Hall as Florence Cathcart, ghost hoax exposer, and Dominic West as Robert Mallory, a World War I veteran who is now history master at a “haunted” school. This film wears all the trappings of a haunted house film, and the “horror” plot has been rightly criticised for being predictable and formulaic. However, I actually loved this film. WWI and the consequences of it pervaded the film and haunted both Cathcart and Mallory.

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Review: THE GREAT INFLUENZA by John M. Barry

Becky’s Book Reviews recently read and reviewed The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History by John M. Barry for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s an excerpt:

While I’m not sure every reader will find The Great Influenza equally compelling, I must say that this one was quite the read for me! It was fascinating, challenging, and complex–complex in a good way. The Great Influenza is more than the story of the 1918/1919 influenza pandemic that spread around the world. It covers the background of medicine, how medicine is practiced, how doctors are trained and educated, how schools and laboratories are run, the need for excellence not just competence.

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Secret Lives and Other WWII Movies You Might Not Have Seen

Not only do our participants find WWII fiction and non-fiction interesting, but they also have expanded their knowledge of the war through movies.

Annette from A Garden of Books recently watched Secret Lives, and here’s what she had to say:

While browsing through the DVDs that Amazon has available on the Holocaust, I came across this documentary on Jewish children that were hid during the Holocaust.
“Secret Lives” surrounds the interviews of several of the children that were hid, and the families that hid them. The film is excellent in that it gives the audience the full scope of the impact in what the families went through when they gave up their children, the feelings that the children had when placed with “new families,” and the new families that grew to love the children as their own.

Read the rest of her thoughts here.

Meanwhile, Hope from Worthwhile Books posted a list of WWII movies that are not to be missed, which you can read by clicking here.

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