There are not enough World War I movies.
And that makes this Thursday on Wandering through the Shelves Thursday Movie Picks a tough one.
I have seen even fewer, mostly because a lot of them were made in an era I haven't made my way back to. Of the ones I've seen, I would consider none of them to be favorites, though one is of the greatest masterworks of all-time (I guess?). And I hardly remember the other two beyond knowing whether I liked them or not. All three of my picks are certainly beautifully photographed. Anyway, I'm looking forward to everyone else's picks. Maybe you all can tell me something good about the War that doesn't inspire that many modern movies.
Here are my picks:
Lawrence of Arabia
dir. David Lean, 1962
my Blind Spot post last year. I didn't even remember it was set during WWI until I Googled WWI movies. Don't get me wrong. I appreciate its visual splendor. It's great looking. And Peter O'Toole is boss. I just don't think it's that good a movie.
Legends of the Fall
dir. Edward Zwick, 1994
A Very Long Engagement
dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2004
Now, bring on Gambling (next week) and World War II (five weeks).