Sunday, August 2, 2009

Days of Glory. B-


'Days of Glory' is a French war film that to me is worth seeing for two reasons: the gritty battle near the beginning and the gritty battle at the end. What we get in the middle is not something I'll remember, but those two battles are very well done. I liked them because they didn't overexpose anything. There was hardly any music, and all the sound felt real. I didn't feel like a movie studio had tampered with the scenes. It felt real. The conflict is the French against the Germans during WWII. A minor conflict is the discrimination among the various races of soldiers fighting for the French. 'Days of Glory,' called 'Indigenes' in French, was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars in 2006. It lost to 'The Lives of Others,' not much of a surprise, seeing as the latter film is a masterpiece. 'Days of Glory' is far from that, though those two battles are nothing short of masterful.

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