I'm sorry I haven't been around much to visit like I love to do. August has been blecchhhh actually. I have often been seeing 6 people per day at work, falling behind as a person was on a vacation and another suffered a heart attack. I consider the lady who had the heart attack a friend. It was mild but it was not the first nor will it be her last, according to her Dr. The worst was that my mom was taken to the hospital on Sunday and has pneumonia. Now, the great news is she is back at her long term care facility and her oxygen levels are back to what they were before she became ill and she is beginning to eat. My brother really was there for my mom but she did suffer a delirium state Monday morning and it left him shaken. She couldn't breathe and was scared, anxious and angry and would not settle down. She had bouts of this and we did our best to calm her down. I had to work since I am the only one to see clients but then would see my mom afterwards. I came home exhausted and now I need to be near a bathroom as my tummy is not happy. It's just been....sad.
So, in a little honour to my mom, who lived through WW2 and was part of the German Resistance, gave food every day to a man behind a fence at some "work" facility and, right after the war, her parents took in a Jewish man, gave him clothes and food even though they were also starving, I am picking 3 films that took place during WW2. It is all about the rescue this week and one could go in so many directions. Head on over to Wandering Through The Shelves to see what the others have chosen...
1. THE PIED PIPER-1942
I have not seen this film in a long time but would love to revisit it. It also stars one of my favourite actors, Monty Woolley as a man who got stuck behind enemy lines during WW2 and wants to get back to England. A couple request he take their 2 children with him to safety even though he hates kids. He agrees and before he knows it, he has more children in tow trying to get to freedom. His hard heart softens as he realizes the children depend on him. Monty is great and was up for an Oscar for this role. A great gem that has been forgotten.
2. THE BIG LIFT-1948
I bet few remember the aftermath of WW2 and the nightmare that followed when the Russians took over a large part of Germany. My mom remembers to this day and says that was when her true hell began. This broke Germany up into 2 parts East and West and the centre was Berlin. Russia tried to starve the city of Berlin to take over the city. The States, realizing that this was a key to keeping the world free plus could not abide the German people from starving after already suffering multiple bombings during the war, rape, murder and pillage by the Russians, started an air lift program. US bombers flew over the city and would drop food so the city would not starve. One man, seeing the small children at the Templehof airport, started "Operation Little Vittles" dropping chocolate and candy. My mom's best friend, Brigitte, was 10 years old and was one of those kids who waited for the candy. Due to the U. S. etc, Berlin was not totally taken over and Russia did not take all of Germany. This film is about this airlift and also threw in romance and intrigue. It's a very good film and worth watching. Sorry for the more history less film plot but the 2 work together.
3. WALLENBERG: A HERO'S STORY-1985
I had never heard of this man until I watched this TV movie (Yup, I'm cheating) that was shown in 2 parts. This is one man that I consider one of the most admirable and heroic people ever! Richard Chamberlain played Wallenberg, a Swedish man from a rich family, who took it upon himself to rescue tens of thousands of Jews by issuing faked documents, bribing officials and at, one point, literally jumping onto a boxcar handing out documents to the Jewish people held inside the boxcar, opening the car and letting them walk while gun fire was shot over his head. The Arrowcross men never stopped him and were stunned by his courage. The sad part is the Russians took Wallenberg after the war and never disclosed, to this day why except some feeble attempt to say Wallenberg was a spy. They say he died in 1947 but many prisoners from the Soviet Gulag mentioned a Swedish man held prisoner until the 1970's and even the 1980's. I consider this an excellent movie and hope you can watch it one day. I had to choose this man whom I truly admire and consider him a hero.
I feel guilty for not choosing Schindler's List which is also heroic. What rescue films would you choose?
So pleased to hear your Mum is on the mend ...and back in her care home..she will feel more settled there....ReplyDelete
Haven't seen any of these Birgit but I avoid anything to do with war...what am I like ....xxxxx
My mom is back to her old self and doesn't remember being in the hospital! The war films are not for everyoneDelete
Sorry to hear about your travails of August, but I can understand. I was in a similar place with my own mother 3 years ago at this same time. Your mother deserves this tribute at the least, but I hope for her comfort and wellness in the future.ReplyDelete
As far as rescue movies, a recent favorite of mine is Hacksaw Ridge. This was such an enthralling story of true heroism to save lives that might otherwise not have been saved. It's a great and stirring film.
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I love Hacksaw Ridge and thought it was an excellent film. My mom is already doing so well and is back in her home and has no recollection of being in the hospitalDelete
I've never seen or heard of the three you mentioned. I have seen Schindler's List and recently watched Hacksaw Ridge, an excellent film.ReplyDelete
P.S. Glad your Mom is feeling better. Grandson spent yesterday at the hospital only to have the docs decide he probably has a virus. I knew that without spending a fortune on tests but you just never know for sure.Delete
Nothing is worse spending hours at the emergency and nothing being done. Both films you mentioned are excellentDelete
Here's hoping for the best in all of your personal and family troubles.ReplyDelete
Well, work is going back to norm this week and my mom is back in the home and has no memory of the hospital or The pneumoniaDelete
I'm so sorry to hear that. I'm going through something similar with my grandfather so I know how it feels.ReplyDelete
It's so very tough to see a loved one slowly slip away...my thoughts are with youDelete
I'm sorry about your mom. That's rough to deal with.ReplyDelete
Don't feel bad about not choosing Schindler's List, I wouldn't have thought of it for this theme either. I haven't seen any of your picks.
It was tough but she is all better now and has no memory of the hospital or her pneumonia. My mind went right to the brave people who risked their own lives to rescue the Jewish peopleDelete
Sorry to hear that times have been so rocky of late but that old axiom "When it rains it pours!" certainly seems true at certain periods of our lives. Glad your mother is on the mend.ReplyDelete
I always love a theme within the theme and your first is one of my Holy Grail titles. Not only do I adore Monty Woolley but it's one of only three Anne Baxter films I've yet to see. It's maddeningly elusive though especially for a film containing an Oscar nominated lead performance.
The Big Lift was an interesting film with two actors, Montgomery Clift and Paul Douglas, I love but I'm not sure what kept it from being truly memorable. A solid rather than remarkable film.
Wallenberg was indeed an admirable man but unfortunately I haven't seen this mini. Those are often very hard to find once they've played.
I went with three that looked at rescue in different aspects, seriously, comically and cynically.
Apollo 13 (1995)-Astronaut Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks) has been bumped up to command the Apollo 13 mission to the moon along with Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) and Ken Mattingly (Gary Sinise). Days away from launch Mattingly is pulled due to the risk of an infection and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) takes his place and the launch proceeds. Everything seems to be going according to schedule until there is a sudden explosion and the three astronauts are suddenly facing a life and death situation in deep space with the only hope of rescue Mission Control back at NASA. The bulk of the film is taken up with those efforts lead by Gene Kranz (Ed Harris) while Lovell’s wife (Kathleen Quinlan), the other’s family members and the world watch anxiously. Despite the known outcome incredibly gripping film was justly nominated for a slew of Oscars.
Outrageous Fortune (1987)-Two struggling actresses-the hoity toity Lauren (Shelley Long) and brassy Sandy (Bette Midler) receive scholarships to a prestigious acting class conducted by a legendary Russian teacher Stanislav Korzenowski (Robert Prosky) and despise each other on sight. At the same time they both become involved with a handsome laconic teacher Michael Santers (Peter Coyote) unbeknownst to each other. When it appears that Michael has been killed the pair realize that’s not so and surmise he’s in trouble and needs rescuing. They reluctantly team up to save him, sniping at each other all the way. It does NOT go as expected but they are off on a merry chase across the country aided at times by the stoned out Frank (a hilarious George Carlin). Boisterous comedy with sensational silk and sandpaper chemistry between odd couple Long and Midler.
Ace in the Hole (1951)-Once successful reporter Chuck Tatum (Kirk Douglas) has landed at a small Albuquerque newspaper due both to his drinking and bad abrasive attitude. Sent on a nothing assignment he stumbles across what he senses is a headline story that could return him to the big leagues, a man has become trapped in a cave-in. Opportunistically manipulating the situation, with the collusion of the sheriff and the man’s greedy wife Lorraine (Jan Sterling) for their advantage more than the safety of the trapped man they find ways to delay the rescue without appearing to do just that. As the news spreads the quiet remote area begins to resemble a carnival atmosphere (the reissue title of the film was The Big Carnival) and the delaying tactics start to endanger the trapped man’s life. Awesome performances but this terribly cynical film is a disturbingly prescient example of the news reporting ethos “If it bleeds, it leads” culture. May be Wilder’s darkest film, that’s saying something for someone who directed Double Indemnity and Sunset Blvd.
Yes, I would love to see The Pied Piper again as I have not seen it since the 80's and this film made me fall for Monty Woolley who was such a great actor and not remembered much today...a real shame. I love your picks and Ace in the Hole is one I still need to see. Apollo 13 is gripping and this is thanks to Ron Howard's direction. I just found out that Canada had a hand in saving Apollo 13. Great pic with Outrageous Fortune, a fun flick with Shelley Long doing a pretty good job overall.Delete
I'm sorry about your mom's health troubles, but God bless her and her family for being part of the Resistance. I've never seen any of these movies. I know the story of Wallenberg, however. Rescue movies make me think of the Tom Hanks' movie Cast Away. He's stuck on that island for such a long time before he finally sets out to sea and is rescued.ReplyDelete
Yes, bless her and to this day she says it was fun planting the dynamite underneath the bridges. Cast Away is a good movie and I think of it as a two part rescue...wait...3 part rescue. The lady with the wings gives him the motivation to rescue himself before he is rescued by the large shipDelete
Hopefully things will turn around, at least the best they can, for all near your hall. Things sure can pile up and be exhausting.ReplyDelete
Sure went 0 for 3 this week at your sea.
Let's Get Harry popped in, maybe because I watched it recently. Behind Enemy Lines, Saving Private Ryan, Die Hard was sorta.
Things will be better at work this week as all are returning and my mom is much, much better and has no memory of being in the hospital. Behind Enemy Lines is a good movie as well as Die Hard. I'm ok with Saving Ryan's Privates but there's something about it that bugs me. I have never seen Let's Get HarryDelete
Sounds like it's been rough going for you. So sorry. I hope everyone is now on the mend.ReplyDelete
I had not heard of any of these. Nice how you narrowed down the theme in light of recent events.
Thank you so much. People are now back to work tomorrow and my mom is so much better that she has no memory of her illness or stay at the hospitalDelete
You often pick three I've not seen, but three I've not heard of is a bit more unusual! I admit I'm not very film-literate. Sorry to hear about the scare with your Mom but glad she's on the mend (and hope your tummy starts behaving).ReplyDelete
These films are excellent and hope you get to see them one day. My mom is well again and has no memory of the hospital which is a good thing. I am getting better but still not 100%Delete
Sorry your August has been so lousy - hopefully your mom and everything else continues to improve!ReplyDelete
Not familiar with any of these movies!
My mom is better and back at her home with no memory of her hospital stay which is greatDelete
I haven't seen any of these but they look compelling.ReplyDelete
They are and I hope you get to see these films one day especially The Pied Piper and WallenbergDelete
So sorry to hear the events of your mom and your August troubles. Glad to hear she is making a bit of a recovery. She has such a fascinating life/time from the WW2 and beyond period of history. It is good she shared some (all?) of the stories with you. I did mention before my dad was in Poland during WW2 and in a Polish war camp. He didn't share much things with my mom about those years. I wonder if he had lived if he would have shared things with us as we were older and in school and studying about that time. That period of time continues to fascinate me. I haven't seen any of these movies, but might put them on my list.ReplyDelete
Take care of yourself!
I hope you do see these one day. I doubt my mom has told me all the stories but I am one of the lucky few where the parent shared their War stories. Have you ever tried to get your dad's war records? Maybe there are records from the war camp?? I hope you can find out more info.Delete
Hi Birgit - a parent's illness is just so difficult to cope with emotionally and actually - I'm glad your mother is better - long may her health stay reasonable.ReplyDelete
I haven't seen any of these - but perhaps the first one and Wallenberg I've heard of - desperate no-one knows what happened to him ... War is dreadful.
With thoughts - and all the best to you, your mother and family - Hilary
Thank you so much. My mom is all better...like it never happened, and, to my mom, it never did. I hope that, one day, the Russians come clean and tell the true story about Wallenberg. This man should be on every person's lips and everyone should know who he is. I am in true awe of this manDelete
I came from the cat's I saw you featured. I know your plight so well, I work long hours and have a mother with health issues. Wishing you strength!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much. It is difficult when a parent becomes ill and you are the caretaker. Thankfully, my mom doesn't even remember her hospital stay or that she was so sick. She really bounced back!Delete
I would say Holocaust and rescue plots are their own genres unless a person is only there to save one person or a small group of people. That's what I think when I think "rescue"ReplyDelete
Everyone has their own thoughts about rescue but when a person is thankful for being rescued by one man or woman and has been able to live a long life...I think, in their mind, they were rescued...the numbers don't matter.Delete
So sorry to hear of your sad news. Best wishes and healing power to your loved ones. Take care. I hope September is a better month.ReplyDelete
September will be and my mom is all better!Delete
Your mother is in my thoughts and prayers, as are the rest of you.ReplyDelete
Monty Woolley, in my opinion, is one of the great actors of our time. Never saw "The Pied Piper," but loved him in "The Bishop's Wife," "Since You Went Away," and especially "The Man Who Came To Dinner," which was a minor masterpiece. He had a great beard, too...
Thank you and she is doing really well now...no memories of the hospital. I love MontyDelete
I haven't seen any of those.ReplyDelete
Star Wars: A New Hope
Where Eagles Dare
Your mother was a brave woman. Hope she's feeling better.
Where Eagles Dare was the first one which popped into my mind.Delete
Love Where Eagles Dare but I thought it was more about blowing the castle up not rescuing. Big Jake-great movie! My mom is doing well and all back to her usual selfDelete
I am sorry your mom seems to have had a rough go of things lately :(ReplyDelete
I haven't seen any of these films, but I suppose I'd put Boy in the Striped Pajamas on the list. I think that was the last movie that was so powerful it made me cry.
I have heard of this film but have not seen it. It is a powerful film which I heard.Delete
Big, big hugs, Birgit. You're a rescuer, I hope you know that.ReplyDelete
That is sweet. Thank you so very much!Delete
BIRGIT, that's a great story about your Mom and her family in WWII ("the big one") doing what they could to resist the evil and help the even more destitute. God will remember!ReplyDelete
Sorry you've had such a rough go of it. It seems many people I know have had a tough time lately, but several now seem to be emerging from the dark tunnel and into the light. I hope the same goes for you soon, too.
Well, HACKSAW RIDGE came to mind first. Incredible movie that I think everyone ought to see. Probably a bit more graphically violent than was really necessary to get the point across, but still a tremendous movie and one of the best newer movies I've seen.
I'm also hugely fond of LADY AND THE TRAMP. Own it. Love it. Probably my #2nd favorite Disney movie after SONG OF THE SOUTH.
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My mom is amazing, so was my Oma. Hacksaw Ridge is an excellent film and one I really loved and thought this man is truly courageousDelete
I am glad your mom is doing better. All good wishes to her. As for WW2 movies - there were so many of them. I used to love the ones with flying, Angels One Five comes to mind, plus the escape stories from German prison camps. I too lived through that period but was really to young to remember much. Matt certainly remembers a lot of it as he lived in the South East of England where lots happened.ReplyDelete
I bet your husband can remember many things that happened and can't help but think of the movie Hope and GloryDelete
Hey Birgit, so sorry to hear about your stressful month. I know how scary it is when your mom gets sick. Especially the delirium episode. My mom had a urinary tract infection that caused delirium symptoms and it was outrageously scary. I learned something very interesting: in the elderly, bladder infections and UTIs don't present with the typical symptoms (frequency of urination and urges but can't produce, burning, etc). Instead, delirium is the most common symptom. The ER nurse told me that whenever they get an elderly patient that is uncharacteristically confused and acting abnormal, the first thing they check for is a urinary tract infection. Isn't that crazy? So weird how the body responds so differently with age.ReplyDelete
Anyway, I'm so glad your mom is feeling better.
And sorry about your friend. Heart attacks are scary.
Sounds like you've had your hands full this month. Be sure to take good care of yourself during this time. You need a little pampering. Go grab a massage or a facial...
Loved reading about your Rescue movie picks. I haven't seen any of the three but definitely want to now. Your mom certainly lived quite the life. I bet she has fascinating stories to share.
Hope the rest of August goes better for you. ❤️
Michele at Angels Bark
My mom is all back to normal and has no recollection of being in the hospital or having pneumonia so that's good and everyone is back which is also great so I think Sept. will be much better. These films are all good and hope you see oneDelete
What a wonderful tribute to your mom. I'm so glad she is better. I hope your weekend is filled with peace and plenty of sleep. Take care of yourself, dear Birgit.ReplyDelete
PS Isn't it a shame we have to play catch up after a vacay?ReplyDelete
It's so true about playing catch up. Thank you so much Sandra and I'm happy to say my mom is good!Delete
I hope your mother is stable and feeling much better today. Anyone would panic if they had trouble breathing. Your first anecdote about her earlier years reminds me of my own mother's stories about how her parents fed and clothed hobos that knocked on their door during The Great Depression when my mom was in her early teens and still living at home.
I never saw any of these films but this post got me interested in them. As I watched the clip from The Pied Piper I immediately recognized one of my favorite actors, Roddy McDowall. The blonde girl at the very end of the scene appears to be Peggy Ann Garner whose life ended much too soon at the age of 52. In a bitter irony, Peggy's daughter also died young at age 38. As it turned out, Peggy's mother outlived both her only child and her only grandchild.
Thank you for continuing to tell stories of your mother's plight during the WWII years and those that immediately followed. The Big Lift looks like a great motion picture about an important historic event. Paul Douglas is another of my favorite actors. I first came to know him in the 1951 film Fourteen Hours in which he plays a traffic cop who talks a suicidal man down from the ledge of a skyscraper. I highly recommend it.
Looks like Richard Chamberlain distinguised himself in the role of Wallenberg, a hero is ever there was one.
Thank you very much for all you shared with us in this post, dear friend BB, and have a wonderful week ahead!
Thank you so much Shady. My mom is all better and things are better at work so I am happy:) I hope you get to see one of these films and wish Wallenberg would come back on once..it really is something.Delete
I know we've spoken of this before, but "The Searchers." Not only was Natalie Wood, but John Wayne's character experienced growth to see beyond his hate.ReplyDelete
I love the Searchersband this was my first thought but I picked this before...I think twice so I thought I have to pick something else. Great movie thoughDelete
I'm not familiar with the Pied Piper but it sounds like a movie I'd enjoy.ReplyDelete
YOU, have a great one. Hope your mom continues to improve. Kudos to her for being part of the resistance.
The Pied Piper is a gem and one that most would love to watch. She is back to normal and I am glad for it.Delete
Rescue movies are exiting and inspiring. I couldn't think of one I've seen before but I know I have. Love these picks.ReplyDelete
These are great movies and hope you can see them. You are right that there are many rescue movies that I can't think of.Delete
I was thinking Schindler's List, but it's still well-known. These aren't, so I'm glad you chose them.ReplyDelete
Schindler's List is a tragic, beautiful film that should be shown in schools...great pick.Delete
August HAS been blecchhh, hasn't it? I don't have any better hopes for September, though. Maybe October will be alright.ReplyDelete
Glad to hear your mom is better. She sounds like a damn fine person, and a genuine hero. I haven't seen any of these movies. I'd much rather hear about your mother's story, to be honest.
Oh wow! That's a nice compliment and I'm still scared to start writingDelete
August came and is now nearly gone! But, so has the whole year just like a snap and poof it's vanishing before our eyes. First up, sorry to hear about your mother and hope she's feeling well soon. It's hard to see our aging parents suffer but I have to agree with A Beer For the Shower, your mom is a heck of a gal! I can't even imagine what it was like to leave in a war torn country, starving, yet compassionate enough to care for others when you didn't have enough for yourself. One humanity sometimes shines the brightest when faced with turmoil. I think it's only then our convictions and beliefs are more visible to others. I wish it was like this all the time instead of only when times are troubled. Oh well... great tribute to your mother with some vintage classics all of which are new to me. The first film that comes to mind is "The Shining" with Melanie Griffin and Michael Douglas - excellent movie! I can only watch these films when the mood hits. They are usually too sad to watch for general entertainment but I think we always need a reminder of the past so we don't fall victim at the hands of others. It tears my heart to see the conflict over symbols that represent the south or Civil War monuments. There will always be hatred. One group will always think they are better than another. However, we allow the government to remove landmarks because it offends someone then that's no different than the Nazi's burning books. That's trying to erase one's history to keep future generations ignorant of the truth and those seeking power (domination) want to keep the public blind to the past. That's why it's important for us to fight to keep history alive and to never forget what others fought for. Hooray to your mother for fighting the hard fight that none of us experienced first hand!! Have a good day, my friend!
Thank you so much for your generous and kind comments about my mom. She was a true fighter and survivor. I know the Shining with JackNicholson but not with Michael Douglas and Melanie Griffith. The sad thing is that history always seems to be rewritten and people forget. My uncle was in the German Navy during WW2 and my other uncle was on the Russian Front. My one co-worker looked at me and said "so they were Nazis?" It saddens me that all Germans are labeled this when it was not the case. If there is someone who was a Nazi and the statue was still there..I am for having it gone but placed in a museum for learning reasons of why it should not happen. The statues for the civil war generals that fought for their beliefs is contentious because one of their beliefs was to keep slavery and this is not right. I think if they are placed in a museum to teach that these men, even if highly respected at the time and were courageous, should not be considered for the just and right because of their inherent beliefs. I am just sad overall how violent things have become.Delete
Ooh, The Big Lift, looks really intriguing.ReplyDelete
I'm glad you throw in the history with the movies. It makes it more real and gives us insightful information on the human factor which too often gets lost. I especially liked hearing about the 'Little Vittles'.
I'm so glad your mom is all better.
This man who was highly respected for what he did for the German children just passed away, I think, last year. I love historyDelete
Wow, what a hero. Thank you for highlighting Wallenberg's story, Birgit. It's heartbreaking that he was held captive for so long, but I'm guessing we can take faith that he likely felt it was worth it and knew the risk. A true hero.ReplyDelete
He is amazing and I wish everyone would know this man...I would his name from the rooftops for how many he savedDelete
So sorry to hear about your mom and friend, Birgit. I hope your loved ones are on their way to recovery.ReplyDelete
It's been a tough summer for me as well, which is why I dropped off the blogosphere for a while. Great in some ways too, but very emotionally challenging.
Hopefully there are amazing things to come for both of us this fall!
My mom is back to norm and has no memory of her time t the hospital or that she had pneumonia. My friend is back to work and is on her road to recovery which is great. I'm sorry to hear you have had a tough time of it so I send you good thoughts and hope to hear of another adventure you will soon be on.Delete
Sorry to hear you've had such a rough go of it, lately, but glad your mom is doing better. Hope your colleagues get better as well.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much. Mom is doing great and my friend is also so all is good now.Delete
Sending good energy for your mom's continued healing. I haven't seen any of these films, but should keep my eye out for them.ReplyDelete
Mom is doing well and back to norm. Glad this month is nearing the end and soon cooler temps will be here.Delete
Hope your colleagues get better as well.ReplyDelete