Service On Celluloid
By National WWII Museum
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A new podcast from The National WWII Museum analyzing how World War II has been depicted on film.
||CleanEp. 112 - A League Of Their Own||This week the panel tackles “A League of Their Own,” the story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Founded by chewing-gum magnate Philip K. Wrigley in 1942, the league was born at a time when male ballplayers were being drafted..||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMinisode to Ep. 111 - Bataan||Following our conversation about 1943’s “Bataan,” we hear from Lester Tenney (pictured), Robert Rosendahl, and Glenn Frazier, who experienced the harrowing Bataan Death March.||11/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 111 - Bataan||This week, “Service on Celluloid” examines the 1943 film "Bataan,” which focuses on the American and Filipino defensive retreat on the Bataan Peninsula in early 1942. The panel will address what this film does well and what is...||11/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMinisode to Ep. 110 - Battleground||Following our discussion of “Battleground,” we will discuss the lingo showcased in the film and hear from veterans John Pogue, Edward Heffron, and Donald Malarkey (pictured).||11/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 110 - Battleground||This week our panelists discuss the misery, hope, and humor seen in 1949’s “Battleground,” a tale of the 327th GIR of the famous 101st Airborne Division while it is encircled at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.||11/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMinisode to Ep. 109 - Anthropoid||Following our conversation about "Anthropoid," we take a deeper look this week at the lives and actions of Reinhard Heydrich (pictured), a main architect of the Final Solution, and Jozef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš, the exile Czechoslovak soldiers who...||10/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 109 - Anthropoid||This week our panelists look at the 2016 film Anthropoid and its depiction of the true story of Operation Anthropoid, code name for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, a main architect of the Final Solution. See what our team thinks of this...||10/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMinisode to Ep. 108 - Tora! Tora! Tora!||Following our discussion of "Tora! Tora! Tora!" we venture into territory rarely visited here at "Service On Celluloid"—history’s what-ifs. In this minisode, we discuss potential signs that an attack was imminent and the response options that...||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 108 - Tora! Tora! Tora!||Roger Ebert opened his review of 1970s’s Tora! Tora! Tora! by calling it “one of the deadest, dullest blockbusters ever made.” Tune in to see how our team of historians and local film critic Mike Scott (NOLA.com|The Times-Picayune) view...||10/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMinisode to Ep. 107 - The Great Escape||Following our discussion of “The Great Escape,” hear from veteran Malcolm Higgins (pictured) as he describes how his family learned that he was a POW in Stalag Luft III. Additionally, listen to Colonel Robert Ingraham, who helped dig the...||10/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 107 - The Great Escape||This week we look at the often-imitated Steve McQueen hit “The Great Escape.” It’s certainly drenched in cool, but how accurate is it? Our panelists discuss what life was really like in Stalag Luft III.||9/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMinisode to Ep. 106 - Fury||Following our discussion of the 2014 Brad Pitt vehicle “Fury,” tanker John Rogers (pictured) describes attacking Tiger tanks in Normandy. As a bonus, listen to veteran Robert Christie’s poem “The Hunter,” which describes the existential...||9/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 106 - Fury||For this week’s episode, our panel takes on the Brad Pitt vehicle "Fury." We will be discussing director David Ayer’s graphic depiction of the 2nd Armored Division during the closing days of World War II in Europe.||8/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMinisode to Ep. 105: Midway||Following our conversation about "Midway," hear veterans Don Hoff (pictured) and Dusty Kleiss retell what it was like to fly in the Battle of Midway.||8/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 105 - Midway||This week the panel takes aim at 1976’s "Midway," costarring Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, and Hal Holbrook—as well as recycled footage from several previous (and much better) WWII films. Garrett Bradley, a New Orleans-based, Sundance...||8/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMinisode to Ep. 104 - Schindler's List||Following our discussion of "Schindler's List," hear survivor Luna Kaufman speak of the horrors she endured as a child in Płaszów concentration camp.||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 104 - Schindler's List||This week our experts look at the masterpiece, Schindler’s List. Exploring the relationship between businessman Oskar Schindler and SS officer Amon Göth – how two men of similar circumstance, chose such vastly different paths.||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMinisode to Ep. 103 - Saving Private Ryan||Following our review of Saving Private Ryan, hear from veterans Dr. Hal Baumgarten and Harley Reynolds, who saw firsthand the chaos and carnage of D-Day.||7/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 103 - Saving Private Ryan||Celebrated WWII epic "Saving Private Ryan" turns 20 this summer. It remains one of the most famous depictions of World War II to date. Is it true to history? We sought to answer that question on this week’s episode.||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMinisode to Ep. 102 - The Best Years Of Our Lives||Following our review of "The Best Years Of Our Lives", hear from veterans Francis Resta and John “J.J.” Witmeyer, who recount the struggles they faced upon returning from World War II.||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 102 - The Best Years Of Our Lives||This week’s episode takes a hard look at The Best Years of Our Lives, the timeless film about veterans and the battles they fight upon returning home. Special Guest: Dr. Marsha Gordon, Professor of Film Studies at North Carolina...||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMinisode to Ep. 101 - Twelve O'Clock High||Following our review of Twelve O'Clock High, hear from veterans George Roberts, John "Lucky" Luckadoo, and Bob Shoens, who saw firsthand what was happening within the US Army Air Forces during World War II.||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 101 - Twelve O'Clock High||Upon seeing the WWII film, Twelve O'Clock High, Curtis LeMay is reported to have said that he "couldn't find anything wrong with it." Tune-in to see if our historians agree.||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanService On Celluloid Teaser||Coming June 2018||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Fresh look through a modern lens
I have listened to the first 2 longer episodes and I am hooked and this is really saying something as I’ve mainly avoided movies about war throughout my life, but I’m feeling more and more these days that one shouldn’t shy away from these topics as war is constant and as was mentioned in the 2nd episode, these themes could be useful for troops coming home even now. I’m especially appreciating the themes of gender both on screen and behind the scenes as I know I have been put off in watching in the past because I can’t bear the 2 dimensional portrayals of Women but I think these discussions will help me acknowledge that it is frustrating and then put this aside in order to appreciate the movies as a whole. Can’t wait for the next installment!
I listen to every episode and the accompanying “mini-sodes.” This is a fantastic marriage between historical analysis and film criticism, a must-listen for any WWII history/film buff. As a WWII history enthusiast I naturally gravitate toward films on the subject and had seen every movie discussed prior to the podcast release. The podcast was a great reason to rewatch and revisit these films and often I saw things differently following the discussions. Made many aspects of the movies new and I learned quite a few things I didn’t know before. Highly recommend this to any history/film buff.
I highly recommend this podcast to anyone interested in WWII and its history. I particularly enjoy the minisodes and being able to hear the oral histories from those that were there at the actual events. Can’t wait to hear more of this great podcast. Thank you all for your continued work in preserving our history.