[Marxism] Days of Glory (Indìgenes)
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Thu Dec 14 12:02:13 MST 2006
With an Algerian director and North African lead actors, Days of Glory
(Indìgenes) tells the story of four soldiers in the colonial African Army
during WWII who fight to liberate France from Nazi occupation as well as
for their own rights against racist French officers. While this is
sufficient reason to see the film, it has the additional distinction of
being one of the finest war movies in recent years. With a budget that is a
tiny percentage of Saving Private Ryan, it is many times more powerful.
Indeed, the final scene of Days of Glory is a virtual reprise of
Spielbergs film with the four principal characters fighting heroically
against a far larger German force.
In some ways, Days of Glory is a very old-fashioned film in the mold of
A Walk in the Sun or other WWII classics. You take a cross-section of
men, put them in the crucible of battle and allow them to react to a
variety of challenges, both from the enemy and from within their own ranks.
Days of Glory has a couple of antecedents that are worth mentioning. One
is the similarly named Glory, which is about the American Civil Wars
first all-Black regiment and the other is Senegalese Director Ousmane
Sembenes Camp de Thiaroye, a semi-autobiographical film about Black
soldiers detained in a French prison camp during WWII after the protest
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