Category Archives: War

The Shipbuilders

90m; U.K.

Director: John Baxter

Cast: Clive Brook, Morland Graham and Nell Ballantyne

Synopsis: Clydeside shipbuilder and a loyal riveter fight to keep Britain a seapower



Souls Without Borders – The Untold Story of The Abraham Lincoln Brigade (2006)

52m; U.S./Spain

Director: Alfonso Domingo, Anthony L. Geist

Synopsis: A wealth of archival footage illuminates this stirring tribute to the International Brigades, an assortment of volunteers who traveled from over 50 countries to fight against fascism in the Spanish Civil War. Particular attention is paid to the 2,800 Americans who joined in the struggle while still reeling from the Great Depression. –

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The Spanish Earth (1937)

52m; U.S./Spain

Director: Joris Ivens

Cast: Manuel Azaña, José Díaz and Dolores Ibárruri

Synopsis (IMDB): This documentary tells of the struggles during the Spanish Civil War. It deals with the war at different levels: from the political level, at the ground military level focusing on battles in Madrid and the road from Madrid to Valencia, and at the support level. With the latter, a key project was building an irrigation system for an agricultural field near Fuentedueña so that food could be grown to feed the soldiers.

Narration and writing done by John Dos Passos, Jean Renoir, and Ernest Hemingway.



Spartacus (1960)

184m; U.S.

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Cast: Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier and Jean Simmons

Synopsis: This sweeping epic, set in the 1st Century B.C., stars Kirk Douglas. An enslaved army deserter and gladiator, he escapes and recruits 120,000 followers who defeat several Roman legions before finally losing. Stellar cast includes Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton and Peter Ustinov. Screenplay by blacklisted Dalton Trumbo, from also black-listed Howard Fast’s novel. ‘Who is Spartacus?’ ‘I am Spartacus!’ (Rochester Labor Film Series)

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Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Drama, Slavery, War


Stop-Loss (2008)

113m; U.S.

Director: Kimberly Peirce

Cast: Ryan Phillippe, Abbie Cornish and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Synopsis (IMDB): Decorated Iraq war hero Sgt. Brandon King makes a celebrated return to his small Texas hometown following his tour of duty. He tries to resume the life he left behind. Then, against Brandon’s will, the Army orders him back to duty in Iraq, which upends his world. The conflict tests everything he believes in: the bond of family, the loyalty of friendship, the limits of love and the value of honor.

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Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Drama, War, Working Class


Suicide Jumpers (2007)

13m; Lebanon

Director: Herbert Docena

Synopsis: Exploitation of domestic workers in Lebanon during 2006 Israeli assaults


Swing Shift (1984)

100m; U.S.

Director: Jonathan Demme

Cast: Goldie HawnKurt Russell and Christine Lahti

Synopsis (IMDB): In 1941 America Kay and her husband are happy enough until he enlists after Pearl Harbor. Against his wishes, his wife takes a job at the local aircraft plant where she meets Hazel, the singer from across the way to whom she hadn’t previously been all that nice. The two soon become firm friends and with the other girls become increasingly expert workers able to ride the jibes of the male workforce. As the war drags on Kay finally goes on a date with her trumpet playing foreman and life inevitably starts to get complicated.

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Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Comedy, Drama, War, Working Class