View Full Version : Days of Glory... A FANTASTIC film.

07-02-2007, 01:43 PM
Very interesting film about the colonial units fighting for France in WWII. What an excellent film... and just another one of those stories that needed to be told. I highly recommend this film for anyone interested in WWII films. It is very interesting in light of the current state of affairs in France. AKA Indigènes, which means Natives....

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07-02-2007, 01:45 PM
Thanks for the heads up - i'll look out for it http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

07-02-2007, 01:59 PM
Thanks, I like it!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

07-02-2007, 02:08 PM
Saw it last year and posted about it, well not sure if I posted here but anyway nice film.

07-02-2007, 06:19 PM
I go look it up, good looking out Bear, thanks. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

07-02-2007, 06:28 PM
I`ll watch out for it. thanx.

07-02-2007, 06:54 PM
P-47 in WW2:



07-02-2007, 07:54 PM
Well i want to see this movie and see if they protrait the real way of recruiting.. it was very simple and FARRRRR to be patriotic or help for the good cause but more about a certain quantity of money, Many French from the colonnies went to help the metropole again for the good cause i hope teh movie talk about this and not again the same old anti ex-colonnials..

07-03-2007, 04:22 AM
Well... I'm french, and historically very interested by the story of the 1st French Army ("Rhin et Danube")... and I was waiting a lot from this movie.

....Helas.... I must say it's the worst war movie I ever saw:
- no coherent scenario (no links between the different movie parts)
- Actors not performing well (more interested in "prooving" something than acting)
- historical incoherences (mixing of different troops in same units, wrong equipment, etc...)
- the last scenes are grotesque... as realistic as "spagheti western"

Apparently the goal of the actors (who are also part of the producers in this movie) wasn't to make a movie, but just a demonstration of the bad treatment of the colonial troops by the French.... and to pleasure themthelves in a "fantasy hero" last actions.

Of course, most the scenes featuring bad treatment comes from real facts..... but collecting the scenes to proove a thesis in a booring demonstration with no real story behind doesn't serve the initial goal (IMHO)
A good movie would have done the trick much better.
And it forget to show the most important: the colonial troops were composed of good and valorous soldiers (as an example, the 3rd Algerian Infantry Division was considered as an elite Division by the Germans who met it on the battlefront), who's fight allowed France to gum the ashamed defeat of 1940, and to sit at the victory table.

07-03-2007, 04:43 AM
Very Interesting subject. Not a bad movie, not a great one. Some good scenes but some stuff could have been avoided.

For instance the guy with the crippled arm who becomes a soldier and goes to fight. Sorry, doesn't seem that realistic to me. It stuck during the whole time I watched.
Issue is, the actor is really crippled and he's also the producer and helped the movie director a lot in getting the King of Morocco involved.

The exxagerations about bad treatments are just that and it's a common features of movies. Cf Platoon, for instance. Didn't disturb me that much.

07-03-2007, 04:47 AM
Originally posted by Bearcat99:
It is very interesting in light of the current state of affairs in France.

I doubt a majority of members of this forum have a good idea of the current state of affairs here.

Mostly one deeply influenced by what respective media show. To have one, you'd need at least to understand the languaage and follow local news (through internet TV whatever)

07-03-2007, 04:57 AM
I don't think there's any exageration about "bad treatment"... and the problem (for me) comes from scenes unlinked to each ones, not from the "theme" of each scene.

Platoon had a story and good acting... not this one.

There is exageration in this movie, it's in the end. A squad of 10 mens (with almost as many officers as soldiers) attacking alone a village, being decimated by a minefield on the way, and 3 soldiers with a wounded officer decide to continue, to liberate then to defend a village by themthelves (including the guy with the crippled arm who carry a riffle even if he can't use it).
.... this is plain ridiculous... closer to a child "war game" fantasy than a war story.

07-03-2007, 08:10 AM
Can't speak to the film, as I have not seen it. But the colonial troops of the French army by and large did sterling service on behalf of France - in WW1, in WW2, and in VN.

The Moroccans and Algerians were especially respected as first-class fighters.

07-03-2007, 09:29 AM
from IMDB: "Days of Glory (Indigénes) can boast that it was the most important if not the most successful of the five films in the Oscars' Best Foreign Film category. After French Premier Jacques Chirac saw the film, he agreed to compensate all North Africans who fought in World War II by unfreezing their pensions"

As a movie it was mediocre at best, cliché after cliché, no characters, no nothing, but who cares about the movie when so many people's lives got better http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif.

07-03-2007, 12:28 PM
dunno if the pensions were really unfrozen for some of the colonial vets.... but the half-pension of the mother of my wife (a veteran widow) is still today 29 Euros per month (so the full pension for an "senegalese" veteran is 58 Euros per month)

07-03-2007, 01:00 PM
thanks I always love hearing about a (good) war movie I haven't seen. Most of the reviews I have read on-line make it sound quite interesting.

Thnx http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


07-03-2007, 01:16 PM
Of course you all are entitled to your opinions.... but for mew it was a never before seen on film side of the war.... and I thought it was a good film. Very good.