Dark Blue World

Dark Blue World (2001) Tmavomodrý svět

ENG

In 1950, during the Cold War, František (Franta) Sláma (Ondřej Vetchý) is incarceratedi n Czechoslovakia, because of his prior service in the RAF. His recollections of the war begin in 1939, just days prior to the German invasion of Czechoslovakia. After the invasion, the Czechoslovakian military is disbanded and has to give up its aircraft. However, young pilots Franta and his friend Karel Vojtíšek (Kryštof Hádek), among others, refuse to submit to their occupiers and flee to the United Kingdom to join the RAF.

The British make the Czechoslovaks retrain from the basics, which infuriates them, especially Karel, who is both impatient to fight the Germans and humiliated at being retaught what he already knows. Karel also sees the compulsory English language lessons as a pointless waste of his time.

The RAF is in such a dire need of pilots during the Battle of Britain that eventually the Czech and Slovak airmen are allowed to fly, and after their first sortie, they realise why the British have trained them so intensely: a young Czechoslovak nicknamed “Tom Tom” is shot down by a Messerschmitt Bf 109. Franta becomes the unit commander, with the younger Karel under his charge.

While shooting at a Heinkel He 111 bomber, the rear gunner hits Karel’s Spitfire fighter aircraft. However, he manages to bail out and find his way to a farm. There he meets and falls in love with Susan (Tara Fitzgerald), although she thinks he is far too young. The next day, after returning to the aerodrome, Karel brings Franta to meet Susan. The latter begins to get on well with Susan, although Karel believes that he is still Susan’s boyfriend.

Following a mission to France where the squadron attacks a train, Karel is shot down, but Franta lands and rescues him, a move that shows that their friendship endures. Soon after, Karel learns a sort of love triangle has developed, with Susan being involved with Franta, which leads to a quarrel between the two friends.

A few missions later, while escorting American bombers, Franta’s Spitfire malfunctions and he is forced to ditch into the ocean. His life raft bursts as he tries to inflate it, so Karel decides to drop his own raft, but he flies too low and fatally crashes. The raft emerges from the water, allowing Franta to survive until he is rescued.

Afterward, when the war is over, Franta drives to Susan’s home, only to find her with her injured husband recently returned from fighting overseas. Knowing he has no future with Susan and wanting to preserve her honour, he pretends to have lost his way and asks directions to the next town.

Disappointed by what has happened, Franta returns to Czechoslovakia and finds his old girlfriend has married the neighbourhood jobsworth, has given birth to a child, and has taken over Barča, his dog. All Franta can do is endure the situation as stoically as he can. Arrested and thrown in prison, he only has his memories of his friendship with Karel to sustain him.

Music by Ondřej Soukup

ITA

Questo film/documento-storico è ambientato nell’Europa della seconda guerra mondiale e viene raccontato nel 1950 dai flashback del protagonista, di nome Franta, durante la prigionia in uno dei campi di lavoro russi ricavati, non a caso, dai campi di concentramento e sterminio nazisti. I lager, che durante il conflitto furono utilizzati dai nazisti per la segregazione e lo sterminio degli ebrei, dopo il 1945 servirono ai sovietici per opprimere e sfruttare fino spesso alla morte, i giovani eroi cecoslovacchi di ritorno dagli eserciti Alleati che avevano combattuto il nazismo e che i sovietici temevano potessero ribellarsi al governo comunista, e per questo definiti “nemici del popolo”.

Il protagonista Franta e il suo migliore amico Karel fuggono dalla loro città occupata dai nazisti per raggiungere l’Inghilterra. Delusi per la mancata resistenza cecoslovacca all’occupazione tedesca e desiderosi di contribuire alla lotta contro il nazismo, si arruolano nella RAF essendo entrambi esperti piloti della aviazione militare cecoslovacca. La loro collaborazione, e quella di tanti altri giovani piloti esuli cecoslovacchi riuniti nella RAF, è importante e molto apprezzata dai colleghi britannici. Qui la loro amicizia viene messa a dura prova quando entrambi si innamorano della stessa donna, Susan, giovane sposa di un marinaio britannico disperso in guerra. Le vicende militari e quelle amorose si intrecciano fino quasi a causare la fine dell’amicizia tra i due protagonisti.

Franta pensa addirittura che il compagno abbia tentato di ucciderlo per vendetta durante un’azione aerea, mentre in realtà viene dimostrato, dalle riprese aeree, che gli aveva salvato la vita abbattendo un aereo tedesco. L’amicizia sembra finita, e invece durante l’ennesima azione aerea, Franta finisce nelle gelide acque dell’oceano e l’amico, nel tentativo riuscito di salvarlo, perderà la vita.

Finita la guerra, il marinaio disperso torna a casa e Franta rinuncia all’amore per la giovane donna. Tornato in patria, scopre che durante la sua assenza la situazione è molto cambiata; la sua fidanzata, Hanicka, non lo ha aspettato, si è sposata e ha una figlia, il cane a cui era tanto affezionato era ormai troppo legato alla nuova famiglia e decide di rinunciarvi, e le nuove istituzioni sovietiche, invece di accoglierlo come un eroe, lo dichiarano “nemico del popolo” e lo segregano in uno dei tanti campi di lavoro. Quando nel 1951 questi campi di lavoro furono chiusi, ormai molti degli imprigionati erano morti per le estreme condizioni di vita, i maltrattamenti e lo sfruttamento, e solo nel 1991, dopo 40 anni, furono riabilitati ufficialmente.

Franta sarà uno dei sopravvissuti?
Il finale è “aperto”, anche se fa supporre che sia morto e che sia finito in Paradiso insieme al suo inseparabile amico Karel; infatti la scena finale vede i due volare ancora insieme, con la loro amicizia ricostruita.

Musiche Ondřej Soukup

Gallery – Galleria di immagini

Trailer video link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0AGG6gc3F0

Video link complete soundtrack : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDq28ea2_QY&list=PL3C1F04146EF48525

Film completo in ITA 360p link : https://ok.ru/video/579060042366

The 13th Warrior

The 13th Warrior (1999) Il 13° guerriero

ENG

The 13th Warrior is a 1999 American historical fiction action film based on the novel Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton[5] and is a loose retelling of the tale of Beowulf. It stars Antonio Banderas as Ahmad ibn Fadlan, Diane Venora, and Omar Sharif. It was directed by John McTiernan. Crichton directed some reshoots uncredited. The film was produced by McTiernan, Crichton, and Ned Dowd, with Andrew G. Vajna and Ethan Dubrow as executive producers.

The film was a financial failure. Production and marketing costs reputedly reached $160 million, but it grossed $61 million at the box office worldwide, making it one of the biggest box office bombs in history (23rd adjusted for inflation)

Music by Jerry Goldsmith

ITA

Anno 922. Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan è un colto cortigiano di Baghdad, uno dei più importanti centri culturali del Medio Oriente dell’epoca. Scoperta una sua relazione con la moglie di un potente nobile, quest’ultimo convince il Califfo a nominarlo ambasciatore nelle Terre del Nord. Lo accompagna Melchisidek, vecchio amico di suo padre. Mentre è in viaggio, però, la carovana si imbatte in un gruppo di Normanni: Ahmed non parla la loro lingua, la imparerà in seguito. Melchisidek riesce a comunicare con essi in latino e, nonostante le persuasioni di quest’ultimo, Ahmed resta convinto che si tratta di un popolo rozzo e primitivo e vorrebbe riprendere la strada.

Ma secondo il responso di un’indovina, l’arabo è l’uomo che i vichinghi cercano: il loro villaggio, minacciato da un popolo di misteriose creature, i Wendol, potrà essere salvato solo con l’intervento di una compagnia di tredici guerrieri, di cui uno straniero. Ahmed, ribattezzato Eban, si reca allora nel villaggio normanno, dove risiede il vecchio re Hrotgar. Il sovrano spiega loro il pericolo che li minaccia, citando anche il risveglio di un enorme drago di fuoco. Dapprima i guerrieri non credono al racconto del re, anche perché i Wendol sono scomparsi da generazioni, ma l’incontro con un fanciullo coperto di sangue farà loro cambiare idea. Giunti nella capanna del bambino, scoprono con orrore che i corpi dei familiari sono stati mutilati e mangiati.

I guerrieri dunque sono pronti a combattere i Wendol che attaccheranno il villaggio nella notte, approfittando della nebbia. Durante il sanguinoso agguato, Ahmed viene ferito in viso e due dei dodici guerrieri vichinghi perdono la vita. Terminato lo scontro, non si riesce a trovare i corpi dei Wendol uccisi e si pensa quindi che siano demoni invincibili. Convinti che presto i Wendol torneranno, e più numerosi, i guerrieri si prestano a costruire alcune rozze difese attorno al villaggio. Un suono di corno annuncia il risveglio del drago di fuoco. Durante il salvataggio di una fanciulla rimasta fuori dalle mura, Ahmed scopre che il drago in realtà sono gli stessi Wendol a cavallo, in fila e illuminati da fiaccole.

L’attacco in massa finisce con il ritiro dei Wendol e con la perdita di altri vichinghi. Durante la lotta, tuttavia, Ahmed fa un’altra scoperta: i Wendol sono in realtà semplici uomini travestiti e non creature demoniache. La moglie del re decide di portare i guerrieri da una vecchia indovina, mettendo in guardia il capo, Buliwyf, che per distruggere i Wendol dovrà uccidere la loro madre e il loro capo. Termina dicendo che dovrà cercarli nella terra. Ahmed, avendo notato che i Wendol usano pelli di orso e vari ornamenti che rappresentano questo animale, intuisce che il loro covo si trova dentro delle caverne.

« Ecco là io vedo mio padre, ecco là io vedo mia madre e le mie sorelle e i miei fratelli, ecco là io vedo tutti i miei parenti defunti, dal principio alla fine. Ecco, ora chiamano me, mi invitano a prendere posto in mezzo a loro nella sala del Valhalla, dove l’impavido può vivere per sempre. »
(Preghiera funebre dei normanni, prima della battaglia finale)

I guerrieri individuano il loro covo e penetrano in segreto sino alla caverna della “madre dei Wendol”, una strega che Buliwyf si incarica di uccidere: poco prima di ucciderla, tuttavia, ella riesce a colpirlo con un artiglio avvelenato. La compagnia riesce a fuggire seguendo un corso d’acqua sotterraneo che li porterà sino al mare. I Wendol non tardano a vendicarsi dei Normanni: partecipa anche Buliwyf, nonostante sia allo stremo per gli effetti letali del veleno. L’esito della battaglia è favorevole ai vichinghi che trionfano quando Buliwyf riesce ad uccidere il capo. Il vichingo raccoglie le sue ultime forze per sedersi su un trono e morire da re.

Musiche Jerry Goldsmith

The making of…. The 13th Warrior

Video link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWxlKl4gu4s

Complete soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsIQicWS5ik&list=PL668D3B41037D31EB

> Complete soundtrack 1:13:35 video link : https://ok.ru/video/281161108094

Rejected soundtrack by Graeme Revell link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6-XqYpj7-g

 

The Charge of the Light Brigade

The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968) I seicento di Balaklava

The film is about the folly of war, and the poor state of the British Army and its leadership during the Crimean War (1853–56). Britain had not fought in a European theatre since the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, and the army had become sclerotic and bound by bureaucracy. Tactical and logistical methodology had not advanced in forty years, and the whole ethos of the army was bound in outmoded social values.

The anti-hero is a relatively competent officer, Captain Louis Nolan (David Hemmings). A veteran of the Indian Army, Nolan is unusual in the hierarchy of his day both for having combat experience and for having acquired his commission through merited promotion as opposed to purchase. As such he regards many of his colleagues, who are mostly aristocratic dilettantes casual about squandering their subordinates’ lives, with contempt.

Nolan’s superior is the gruff Lord Cardigan (Trevor Howard), who treats the regiment under his command as his personal property and who dislikes Nolan as an “Indian” officer with a native Indian servant. Cardigan’s men are typical of the common soldiers of their day; though reasonably well-equipped – compared with the Russians – they are also poorly trained and supplied. They endure squalid living conditions and are punished mercilessly for the slightest missteps in their duties. Nolan soon gets into a highly publicised feud with Cardigan, who is angry at him for ordering Moselle wine at a banquet where all guests were to drink champagne.

British forces are led by Lord Raglan (John Gielgud), a Waterloo veteran and an amiable, vague-minded man who proves a poor commander. Despite having been a disciple of the recently deceased Duke of Wellington for decades, he has not his military flair. As campaign preparations begin he is preoccupied with a bad mistake he made while allotting commands, requiring Lord Cardigan to lead the Light Cavalry Brigade under his equally unpleasant arch-rival and brother-in-law Lord Lucan (Harry Andrews), who has been appointed to command the Cavalry Division. Captain Nolan, enlisted as Raglan’s aide, is glad to get away from Britain; it gives him an escape from the morally uneasy affair he has been having with Clarissa Morris (Vanessa Redgrave), the wife of his best friend William (Mark Burns). Also travelling with the British command is the 8th Hussars’ paymaster’s wife named Fanny Duberly (Jill Bennett), who wants to observe battle first-hand (and be near Lord Cardigan, with whom she is infatuated).

Britain and its ally France travel to the Crimea, where they march inland to attack the strategically important city of Sebastopol. Along the way the British forces are ravaged by cholera, an occurrence met with palpable indifference by their commanders. Captain Nolan, although no friend of his subordinates, is frightened to see the army’s organisation fall apart as men are consumed by the disease. When the outbreak passes, British and French forces win at Alma, but Lord Raglan refuses to allow the cavalry to press the advantage, so concerned is he with keeping the cavalry as an undamaged reserve. As a result, the Russians reinforce the road to Sebastopol, necessitating a series of further battles before the British even reach the city. Back in England the press lies that the city is captured and Russia’s government humbled. As the war progresses Lord Cardigan retires nightly to the yacht he keeps on the coastline to hold formal dinners, at one of which he seduces Mrs. Duberly.

Captain Nolan has been growing increasingly exasperated at the ineptitude of Raglan and the other officers, which has caused needless death and delay at every step. His emotions reach a tipping point when at the Battle of Balaclava, a Russian raiding party captures an improperly defended British fortification, carrying away several pieces of artillery. Lord Raglan is slow to respond, and Nolan demands he take steps to recover the valuable equipment. Raglan issues badly worded orders, that the cavalry leaders misinterpret. Nolan secures another. The British cavalrymen are in a valley that branches off in two directions; one contains the escaping raiders, the other an artillery battery and a sizeable reserve of Russian cavalry. Lord Raglan did not bother to mention this in his order, since the lay of the land is obvious from his high vantage point. Cardigan, at his lower level, can only see the valley with the cannons, and assumes that he must charge into this. When he queries the order, Nolan loses his temper and gestures vaguely with his arm, shouting “There, my Lord, is your enemy and there are your guns!” (these, or something close to them, were his actual words). As the cavalry advances into cannon fire Nolan – who has gained permission from his friend Morris to ride with Cardigan’s light brigade as they chase the Russians – realises his mistake, but is killed by shrapnel before he can warn Cardigan. This is ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’.

The Light Brigade, torn apart by the cannons, clashes briefly with the Russians and then retreats. With most of his force dead or wounded, Lord Cardigan who led his men valiantly, is ironically unharmed, but he immediately begins bickering with the other officers about who must take the blame for the disaster. The British army at its very best and worst.

Music by John Addison

Risultati immagini per The Charge of the Light Brigade 1968

Video link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1h4e8llcfQQ