Films by Director

This site allows users to access the collection of films organized by release date. The collection includes selected movies, TV productions and documentaries on the theme of gender, military and war in the periods covered by the Oxford Handbook Gender, War and the Western World since 1600 edited by Karen Hagemann (General Editor), Dirk Bönker, Stefan Dudink and Sonya Rose (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2018). Including films released between the 1920s and the present, the focus is on the wars of the twentieth century, because most movies relevant for the theme of gender, military and war focus on a conflict of this period. The filmography includes productions in English, French and German or films with English subtitles.


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Director(s): Abu-Assad, Hany
Release Date: 2005
Abstract:

This 2005 film tells the story of what may be the last 48 hours in the lives of two Palestinian men who have been recruited as suicide bombers in Tel Aviv during the Second Intifada (2000-2005). When they are intercepted at the Israeli border, a young woman who discovers their plan causes them to reconsider their actions. The film won a Golden Globe for best foriegn language film and was the ...

Director(s): Abu-Assad, Hany
Release Date: 2013
Abstract:

Omar is accustomed to dodging surveillance bullets to cross the separation wall to visit his secret love Nadia. But occupied Palestine knows neither simple love nor clear-cut war. When Omar is captured after a deadly act of resistance, he falls into a cat-and-mouse game with the military police. Suspicion and betrayal jeopardize his longtime trust with his childhood friends, but it's soon...

Director(s): Achkar, David
Release Date: 1992
Abstract:

Through home movies, old newsreels, letters and fictional reconstruction of imprisonment, this film examines the life of the filmmaker's father, Marof Achkar, a diplomat under the Sékou Touré regime, who later disappeared into the Guinean gulag. This film reevaluates the turbulent decade of African independence and discusses its relevance to the new political order on the continent. Allah...

Director(s): Adi, Yasmina
Release Date: 2011
Abstract:

On the call of the revolutionary National Liberation Front (FLN), thousands of Algerians marched in Paris, on October 17 1961, to protest France's war effort in Algeria, despite the curfew imposed by the government. The police responded with brutality to this peaceful demonstration. Fifty years later, this documentary revealed a truth which was still somewhat taboo. Combining unreleased...

Director(s): Affleck, Ben
Release Date: 2012
Major Wars:
Abstract:

On November 4, 1979, militant Iranian activists storm the American embassy in Tehran and capture dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal. There's a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escaped and a mid-level CIA agent named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them. Based on the declassified true story.

Director(s): Akin, Fatih
Release Date: 2014
Abstract:

Mardin, 1915: One night the Turkish Gendarmerie drive together all the Armenian men. The young blacksmith Nazaret Manoogian is separated from his family. While he manages to survive the horrors of genocide, it's not until years later he receives the news that his twin daughters are alive. Obsessed by thoughts of finding them, he follows their trail. It leads him from the deserts of Mesopotamia...

Director(s): Alaouié, Borhane
Release Date: 1981
Abstract:

Just after telephone communication is restored between the warring East and West sides of Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War, two old college lovers, one Christian, the other Shiite, whose efforts to meet have dismally failed, finally make contact. But as Zeina is leaving for the U.S. the next day, they record their innermost feelings during the night, promising to exchange tapes at the...

Director(s): Aldrich, Robert
Release Date: 1967
Abstract:

A British army major selects 12 violent convicts and offers them their freedom if they will complete a nearly suicidal mission in Nazi-ocupied France that will aid Allied operations for the upcoming invasion of Normandy. Based on the best-selling 1965 novel by E.M. Nathanson.

Director(s): Aldrich, Robert
Release Date: 1956
Abstract:

When Lieutenant Joe Costa of the United States National Guard company Fragile Fox, stationed in Belgium in the latter years of World War II, learns that his men died because the commander, Captain Cooney, was too much of a coward to join the fight, Costa issues a serious warning: Don't let it happen again! But Cooney's cowardice forces Costa into a fateful choice: continue to risk to lives of...

Director(s): Aldrich, Robert
Release Date: 2015
Abstract:

Roguish detective Mike Callahan is drawn into a plot to kidnap a nuclear scientist. But the deeper Callahan delves into the mystery, the more labyrinthine the conspiracy becomes, as military intelligence, a criminal mastermind, and a cross-dressing femme fatale all vie to control his fate.

Director(s): Alessandrini, Goffredo
Release Date: 1942
Abstract:

A story of doomed love within a corrupt political world, based on the semi-autobiographical debut novel of the same title by Ayn Rand (produced, however, without securing the rights from her). At 18, the beautiful and smart Kira comes to Petersburg as the Bolsheviks consolidate power. She rebuffs a cousin who rises in the Party and may remember the slight. She falls in love with Leo, the son...

Director(s): Alfredson, Tomas
Release Date: 2011
Major Wars:
Abstract:

In the early 1970s, the head of British intelligence (MI6) resigns after an operation in Budapest, Hungary goes badly wrong. He believed that one of four senior figures in MI6 was in fact a Russian agent. Smiley, previously forced into retirement, is asked by a senior government agent to investigate the possibility of a mole. Smiley reflects that the failure of the Hungarian operation and the...

Director(s): Allen, Woody
Release Date: 1975
Abstract:

Cowardly Russian scholar Boris Grushenko has the hots for the beautiful Sonja, but cold feet for the Napoleonic Wars. Devastated by news of Sonja's plans to wed a foul-smelling herring merchant, Boris enlists in the army, only to return a penniless hero. Finally agreeing to marry him, Sonja settles down with poor Boris, to a rich life of philosophy, celibacy and meals of snow. But when the...

Director(s): Amata, Jeta
Release Date: 2012
Major Wars:
Abstract:

The people of a volatile, oil-rich Nigerian community wages war against their corrupt government and a multi-national oil corporation to protect their land from being destroyed by excessive drilling and spills. To seek justice, a rebel organization kidnaps an American oil executive and demands that his corporation end the destruction and pollution. Inspired by true events, Black November is...

Director(s): Gianni Amelio
Release Date: 2012
Abstract:

August 1957: A famous writer in his forties, Jacques Cormery, visits his mother who lives in Algiers. The city is undergoing the urban warfare of the Battle of Algiers during the Algerian War of Independence. Cormery reflects on his school years, his European and Algerian friends, and M. Bernard, this schoolteacher who pushed him toward a life inconceivable for a child born into a poor and...

Director(s): Anderson, Wes
Release Date: 2014
Abstract:

This complex narrative presents the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary hotel concierge in a fictitious Central European country between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune.

Director(s): Anderson, Michael
Release Date: 1957
Abstract:

On a mission to resupply the British Embassy during the Chinese Civil War, the British frigate HMS Amethyst was unexpectedly atacked by the Chinese People's Liberation Army on the north bank of the Yangtse river. With rescue attempts blocked by the Chinese communist army, for many weeks the situation remained in deadlock, until finally, Lieutenant-Commander John S. Kerans realized he must make...

Director(s): Anderson, Michael
Release Date: 1955
Abstract:

A British World War 2 film which recreates the true story of Operation Chastise in 1943 wherein the RAF's 617 Squadron attacked three important dams in Germany with newly invented "bouncing bombs," which skidded across the water, avoiding obstacles, and detonated on command. This was an important component in the Allied strategy of attacking German industrial capacity in the mid-to-late war...

Director(s): Anderson, Michael
Release Date: 2005
Abstract:

All eyes are focused on the Vatican, hoping to see the puffs of white smoke signaling the selection of the next Pope, but this time, much more is at stake, for the new pontiff may be the only person who can bring peace to a world on the brink of nuclear war.

Director(s): Andric, Radivoje
Release Date: 1998
Abstract:

The story takes place in 1993 Serbia, torn by hyperinflation and economic disaster in the wake of the Yugoslav Wars. Milan, an avid fan of FC Partizan, lives with his friend, a painter, and makes money by selling his paintings to the "new elite." He meets a nice girl who works a phone sex hot line and the two eventually fall in love. An another friend of his is a treasury guard in a bank...

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