Films by Release Date

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 themes of gender, military and war in the periods covered by the Oxford Handbook for Gender and War since 1600 edited by Karen Hagemann (General Editor), 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): Gilliat, Sidney
Release Date: 1943
Abstract:

When Celia Crowson is called up for war service, she hopes for a glamor job in one of the services, but as a single girl, she is directed into a factory making aircraft parts. Here she meets other girls for all different walks of life, and begins a relationship with a young airman. [IMBd]

Director(s): Stevens, George
Release Date: 1943
Abstract:

During the WW2 housing shortage in Washington, two men and a woman share a single apartment and the older man plays Cupid to the other two.

Director(s): Powell, Michael
Release Date: 1942
Abstract:

This British-propaganda film from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger presents the Battle of the Atlantic in World War II as an imminent threat to the United States. After a German U-Boat crew become stranded in Canadian waters, they head south to the then-neutral United States to return home. 

Director(s): Jennings, Humphrey
Release Date: 1942
Abstract:

An American-funded propaganda film documenting life and work in Great Britain at the beginning of World War II. Its focus on women underscores the new roles they occupied during the war. 

Director(s): Boulting, Roy
Release Date: 1942
Abstract:

On the eve of World War II, a crusading English journalist finds retreat as a lighthouse keeper on Lake Michigan. Conversations there renew his spirit and campaign against fascism, totalitarianism, and isolationism.  

Director(s): Lubitsch, Ernst
Release Date: 1942
Abstract:

In this brilliant dark comedy, an acting troupe becomes entangled in espionage and the Polish resistance during World War II. After their production of Gestapo, a play critical of Hitler and Nazism, is shut down, the actors play a game of cat-and-mouse, don various disguises, and play war games in the streets of Warsaw. Maria, lead actress married to the lead actor, becomes a central...

Director(s): Cavalcanti, Alberto
Release Date: 1942
Abstract:

Made by Ealing Studios during World War II and loosely based on a short story by Graham Greene, this classic British propaganda film portrays draws on British fears of a German invasion. In Bromley End, villagers initially welcome a platoon of soldiers, who turn out to be disguised German paratroopers who plan to take over the town. Residents fight back, leading to scenes of gruesome violence...

Director(s): Coward, Noel
Release Date: 1942
Abstract:

This British war propaganda film made with the assistance of the Ministry of Information highlights national unity during World War II. The attack on the H.M.S. Torrin prompt its crew to abandon ship. Stranded, and still amid German fire, the crew remember the construction and deployment of their ship as well as their homes and loved ones. 

Director(s): Huston, John
Release Date: 1942
Abstract:

An American undercover spy heads toward the Pacific in World War II. When the carrier lands in Panama, the spy does his best to stop the Germans.

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): Stelli, Jean
Release Date: 1942
Abstract:

This Vichy-era film celebrates maternalism, traditional values, and a homogenous French identity. After Louise loses her husband and her newborn child during World War I, she dedicates her life to caring for other children and following her Catholic faith. The film's rejection of modernity and feminism coupled with its erasure of Jews from French life corresponded with General Marshal Philippe...

Director(s): Wyler, William
Release Date: 1942
Abstract:

This simple story of a middle-class British housewife galvanized American support for World War II and reshaped the cinematic language of propaganda war films. As war whisks the men away and the London Blitz destroyed the city, Mrs. Miniver carries on with life in a suburban village. Her courage, determination, and stoicism reflected British culture and served as a sharp rebuke to Nazi Germany...

Director(s): De Sica, Vittorio
Release Date: 1942
Abstract:

A subversive film made during World War II, director Vittorio de Sica hides a message of resistance within a comedic drama about the Italian Wars of Unification. A woman looks back on her youth when she and another girl fall for a Garibaldian soldier who sought refuge in a convent and boarding school after being wounded in battle. He is also hiding from authorities because of his role in the...

Director(s): Curtiz, Michael
Release Date: 1942
Abstract:

Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II, this is a story of political and romantic espionage set against the backdrop of the wartime conflict between democracy and totalitarianism. 

Director(s): Steinhoff, Hans
Release Date: 1941
Abstract:

Supported by Reich Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels, Uncle Kruger uses the Boer War to demonize the British. It draws parallel to the Boer politician Paul Kruger and Adolph Hitler and the Boer War and World War II. The film's focus on Britain's blind pursuit of gold, barbaric colonial practices, and violent war strategies, including the burning of whole villages, mass executions...

Director(s): Brown, Clarence
Release Date: 1941
Abstract:

They Met in Bombay is a classic 1940s romantic comedy and heist film with strong leading roles for Clark Gable and Rosalind Russell. Such films targeted American audiences as they participated in World War II. The two stars play competing jewel thieves. The Japanese invasion of Hong Kong unites them in a larger cause on the eve of World War II. 

Director(s): Korda, Alexander
Release Date: 1941
Abstract:

A young woman's rise and fall centers on the fortunes of men during the Napoleonic War. An aged, alcoholic Emma Hart, jailed for theft, recounts her story to a fellow prisoner. Her lover traded her to his uncle, a British ambassador to Naples, to pay off his debts. While there, she falls in love with a naval officer. Her fate is sealed when he dies in war. 

Director(s): Soldati, Mario
Release Date: 1941
Abstract:

A thematic precursor of Italian neorealism, this richly detailed portrait of the Italian Risorgimento explores love, loss, and changing social norms during wartime. Franco, a young Lombard nobleman, marries Luisa, the daughter of a humble clerk. War begins in his family as his mother and grandmother disown him and tragedy drives Luisa to madness. 

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