Courageous Acts: World War II

Feb 11, 2021 | Newsletter

“The secret to happiness is freedom…And the secret to freedom is courage”—Thucydides

Often, in a crisis, when we least expect it, we face a situation that requires us to take risks and be courageous. Martin Luther King, Jr. described it as follows: “Never be afraid to do what’s right if the well-being of a person is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”

The films I’m recommending are about people who refused to look the other way.

Into the Arms of Strangers

During World War II, the British implemented a rescue operation…

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Sophie Scholl

In World War II Munich, Sophie Scholl and her brother Hans, join the White Rose, an anti-Nazi…

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Schindler’s List

Businessman Oskar Schindler arrives in Krakow in 1939 ready to make his fortune…

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Hacksaw Ridge

After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Desmond Doss enlists…

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The Train

During the late stages of World War II, Colonel Franz von Waldheim is ordered to ship Impressionist…

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Fanny’s Journey

France was occupied by the Germans during most of World War II…

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Coming Soon, Can’t Wait

Opening TBD, 2021: Netflix. Diana: A Musical
March 2021: Amazon Prime. Coming 2 America. Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones– back again.

Did You Know That…

U.S. households now subscribe to 3.1 streaming services, up from 2.7 last year…The biggest failure of a new streaming service last year was Quibi. Designed for people to watch entertainment in short increments, it got sabotaged by COVID-19…About 60% of U.S. households currently subscribe to Netflix, according to research firm, Parks Associates…Making a tax-deductible $100 contribution to PBS will entitle you to stream its entire line of great shows. It’s an incredible opportunity…Hillbilly Elegy got panned by many film critics. It’s a wonderful film with ace performances by previous Oscar-winners Glenn Close and Amy Adams…COVID-19 caused a 55% plunge in movie and TV shoots this past year…AT&T is pledging to spend $4 billion on HBO Max in the next three years… It’s going to happen: Hollywood studios and well-financed streaming companies will start acquiring cinemas in the coming years…Streaming will not replace theaters. But many patrons will stay away if theaters keep raising ticket and concession prices…Theaters are counting on streaming costs creeping up to a level that will make their services less attractive.


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