April 19, 1998 |
World War II movies are as durable as westerns, which they sometimes resemble. Since the mid-1930s, when Hollywood first noticed the likelihood of war in Europe, something on the order of 1,000 such pictures, dealing with all aspects of the war, have been produced by the allied countries, and a few hundred more were made by the Axis. Russian films from the end of the war till the fall of the Soviet Union were about little else. "The past is another country," L.P.