Based on the novel of the same name by German writer, Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet On The Western Front is a harrowing movie about the actualities of war. Told from the point of view of a group of German schoolboys freshly recruited into the army upon encouragement by a jingoistic teacher, the story reveals the human experience of the tragedies of battle rather than the conceptual heroics. Although not an uplifting film, the cinematic display of World War I as directed by Lewis Milestone deservedly won the very first Academy Award for Best Director and Outstanding Production. With stars such as Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres, John Wray, Arnold Lucy and Ben Alexander this is a Cockpit USA 'one to watch' on a rainy day.
Set in the throes and aftermath of WWII, The English Patient is a multilayered romantic tale of love, loss and the wielding force of fate. Based on a novel of the same name by Michael Ondaatje, the movie stars Ralph Fiennes as Count Laszlo de Almásy, a critically burned man being nursed back to health by the ever altruistic Hana, played by Juliette Binoche. Shrouded in mystery, the story of the Count is unraveled through flashbacks to his past, revealing a passionate but fateful love affair and how he came to be an invalid. Winner of nine Academy Awards, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA, the film's triumphs are testament to its cinematic genius. Taken by the heart warming story line and dazzled by the costumes, we at Cockpit USA recommend The English Patient as the perfect antidote for an uncharacteristically cold spring evening!