93 episodes

On World War II Movie Night, host J. Byron delves into the countless movies made about the greatest conflict in human history. How much can we learn about World War II from how it's portrayed in film? Can movies render this infinite subject more manageable? Fun and stimulation mix in this engaging, thought-provoking podcast.

World War II Movie Night World War II Movie Night

    • TV & Film

On World War II Movie Night, host J. Byron delves into the countless movies made about the greatest conflict in human history. How much can we learn about World War II from how it's portrayed in film? Can movies render this infinite subject more manageable? Fun and stimulation mix in this engaging, thought-provoking podcast.

    91. "The Big Red One" (1980)

    91. "The Big Red One" (1980)

    Tonight we return to form with a real meat-and-potatoes World War II movie. Hollywood player Samuel Fuller had written, directed or produced countless pulpy movies for decades. However, he decided to mine his own World War II experiences for "The Big Red One," which ended up being his greatest achievement. An old-fashioned, combat-heavy ensemble piece, TBRO features the ever-dependable Lee Marvin, and the fresh-off-dizzying-fame Mark Hamill as they trudge through the European theater (and Rommel's Africa)... Asides include a theory about "Saving Private Ryan," the use of the word 'retarded,' and the origin of the term 'five will get you ten,' and big butts.  
    Drop us a line at worldwartwomovienight@gmail.com
    Check out our X at http://twitter.com/WWIIMovieNight 

    • 47 min
    90. "Rome, Open City" (1945)

    90. "Rome, Open City" (1945)

    Tonight we consider a highlight of Italian cinema, and world cinema in general: 1945's "Rome, Open City." Roberto Rossellini wanted to make a movie reflecting his and others' experiences living in Occupied Italy. He may have succeeded too much, as although "Rome, Open City" would become an honored part of Italy's hertigae, it was initially cold-shouldered by Italian audiences, who didn't want to be reminded of the situation they had lived for so long... asides include the embarassment of being young and highbrow, Pope Francis, junkie liars, and Italians' weird fixation on faces. 
    Drop us a line at worldwartwomovienight@gmail.com
    Check out our X at http://twitter.com/WWIIMovieNight 

    • 42 min
    89. "Operation Finale" (2018)

    89. "Operation Finale" (2018)

    World War II Movie Night covers one of the more compelling post-war events with 2018's "Operation Finale," which portrays the secret Mossad mission to kidnap Adolf Eichmann from Argentina and bring him back to Israel. Along the way we address just how and why Argentina became a haven for Nazis after the war. Oh, and did we mention Ben Kingsley plays Eichmann!?... Asides include the Onion, Bernie Sanders, why comedy isn't funny anymore, "American Pie," and D.B. Cooper. 
    Drop us a line at worldwartwomovienight@gmail.com
    Check out our X at http://twitter.com/WWIIMovieNight 

    • 51 min
    88. "Hell in the Pacific" (1968)

    88. "Hell in the Pacific" (1968)

    World War II Movie Night does a listener request with the 1968 American movie, "Hell in the Pacific," about two men trapped on an island together, and one of them we never even hear what he's saying! Despite this sparse premise, director John Boorman turns in a surprisingly eventful character study... asides include a time I could've scored some WWII LIFE magazines, at least two times this premise has been done before and after, an acclaimed filmmaker who helmed a movie so bad it made people physically agressive, and the elephant in the room: my misadventures in pronunciation. 
    Drop us a line at worldwartwomovienight@gmail.com
    Check out our X/Twitter at http://twitter.com/WWIIMovieNight 

    • 38 min
    87. "The Way Back" (2010)

    87. "The Way Back" (2010)

    Tonight we're having a communist party (!) as we look at a part of the War not often explored, the Russian camps. Storied director Peter Weir ("Gallipoli") brought this true (?) story to the screen in 2010, starring Ed Harris and Colin Farrell. The result? An overlooked gem and a muscular statement against Stalinism... Asides include, there are too many movies, Boris Yeltsin's lost in the supermarket, Bill Cosby endorsed an '80s dessert item to great effect, and why was Ed Harris so pissed at the '99 Oscars? 
    Drop us a line at worldwartwomovienight@gmail.com
    Check out our X/Twitter at http://twitter.com/WWIIMovieNight 
     

    • 51 min
    86. "Bataan" (1943)

    86. "Bataan" (1943)

    At first blush, 1943's "Bataan" might seem like a run-of-the-mill, black-and-white, ensemble-cast World War II movie: easily absorbed and easily dismissed. Upon closer inspection, though, it reveals itself as a fascinating bit of mid-war propoganda, i.e., a passion play and literal call-to-arms. We'll also examine its surprising horror elements, as the faceless Japanese pick off our men in a near slasher-scenario... asides include some thoughts on the racial tolerance (or lack thereof) of decades past, and a deep dive on a Cheap Trick song. 
    Drop us a line at worldwartwomovienight@gmail.com
    Check out our X/Twitter at http://twitter.com/WWIIMovieNight 
     
     

    • 42 min

Top Podcasts In TV & Film

Talk S.E.X Only
T.S.O
FX’s Shōgun: The Official Podcast
FX
The Official Game of Thrones Podcast: House of the Dragon
HBO
Films To Be Buried With with Brett Goldstein
Big Money Players Network and iHeartPodcasts
Shrink The Box
Sony Music Entertainment
Love is a Crime
Vanity Fair & Cadence 13

You Might Also Like

The WW2 Podcast
Angus Wallace
Key Battles of American History
James Early
Band of Brothers Podcast
HBO Max
History of the Second World War
Wesley Livesay
The History of WWII Podcast
Ray Harris Jr
History Unplugged Podcast
Scott Rank, PhD