Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 31, 2013 - 11:48pm PT
Just finished watching a brilliant film: Into the White. It's about two groups of flyers who shoot each other down over Norway in 1940. Germans and Brits end up fighting for survival--an amazing, true tale. The climbing/mountain content deals with the setting in the gorgeous Norwegian mountains and some cool, vintage cross country skiing action.
I watched the first half of that movie. Based upon special knowledge I have it seemed based on what some script writer thinks. Maybe the second half of the movie finally got better. I wasn't willing to wait around.
Down the street in SB there are two neighbors. One flew in the european theatre for the US. The other in the same theatre for the Luftwaffe. They are good friends and each refers to the other as "The Enemy."
When your plane is down the war is over. Survival is front and center. Mind you the war is not over for prisoners of war in camps intended to kill. Nor is it over if the prisoners take seriously their instructions to escape. The precedence for prisoner exchanges is long standing, after all.
A snow movie I would recommend is titled "The Pathfinder". It is based upon a Scandinavian folk story thousands of years old. Very hard to watch, but once begun there is no choice.
Another called "The Fast Runner". Here too the story is thousands of years old and the film was entirely made by the Inuit. One of the very best films I have ever seen.
I enjoyed the somewhat slower pace, character-driven nature of the tale. Also, knowing the general events are true made it very interesting to me. That the two pilots got together again 37 years after this event is amazing and wonderful. I liked Saving Private Ryan, but the nearly relentless brutality is something I've been unwilling to watch a second time.
If you want a really good movie featuring soldiers from opposite sides watch The Cuckoo.
Haven't seen that, or "Into the White", but if the theme is movies that try to portray the view from both sides in a war, it's hard to do better that "The Guns of Navarone" (It even has some climbing scenes).
Yeah, sure, it's Hollywood, but it's about as far from White Hats vs Black Hats as you can get. I remember how one of my sons reacted to it when he saw it for the first time when he was about 12 or 13. It starts out in pretty typical fashion, but about an hour into it he said something like "Wait. I don't get it. I thought they were the good guys."