Last night while running & walking on the treadmill, I watched the classic war film Sink the Bismarck!
I should point out that the exclamation point is part of the film title, and I'm not trying to exaggerate my excitement at having seen this film...
Actually it was a good, solid, well-dramatized telling of the story of the British navy's all-out effort to stop the Nazi battleship, the Bismarck. I don't know how many times I've seen a war film that didn't have any Americans in it, and it was kind of nice to be free of that "Rah, rah, our guys against the other guys" aspect and just enjoy the story. As well, this was a British production and the approach to war storytelling was less macho, blustering, heroic and chest-puffing than I'm accustomed to... in a good way.
The film did fall into some stereotypes with the Nazi commanders, being a bit unrealistically harsh and inhuman to the rank and file Nazi seamen, but I suppose that's forgivable considering how fresh all the wounds were at the time this was made. Anyway, I enjoyed this film quite a bit, and this reaffirmed my belief that the best war films are the ones that give up on trying to portray the sweeping events of years, and focus instead on a single battle or engagement over the course of one day or maybe a week. And it's really amazing that considering how much the Bismarck has been talked-about over the years, the ship only sailed at sea for a week before it was destroyed (sorry if that's giving away the ending, but hey, it's history).