90 Days of Oscar Nominees #33 – 49th Parallel (1941) (aka The Invaders)

In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 90 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 5 Dec 2017 and The 90th Annual Oscars on 4 Mar 2018.

Here is my 33rd review of the 90 chosen Films…

“Nazis? That explains your arrogance, stupidity, and bad manners.” – Philip Armstrong Scott

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Jan 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A German U-Boat gets stranded in Canada during the early days of World War II and its crew must make their way to America and freedom.

My Take on it – This is a film that actually intrigued me just by its title because it seems so unique.

The story itself is quite interesting and keeps the viewer in suspense all the way until the end because we now know so much  more about the cultural and psychological battles that were fought between the allies and Germany in World War II.

The choice to follow the crew members as they trek across Canada meeting various social and political groups on the way works really well especially since they have them trying to reach neutral America.

This helps us understand the German views of love, war and freedom much better and also learn about the different kind of people living in Canada at the time and how they were perceived by the rest of society.

The all-star cast is great even if most of them have relatively small parts during the various stops along the way of the journey.

They actually help to give the story a grander feeling as the British filmmakers wanted to hammer in the message to the Neutral Americans about the dangers of fascism.

Thankfully the message wasn’t needed since by the time this film made it to America, it was already a few months after Pearl Harbor and America was already in the war.

Bottom Line – Very interesting idea that works quite well. The idea of leaving the crew members to trek across Canada in order to reach Neutral America is a great one. All-star cast helps make this feel even grander than it would normally be and that goes quite far in order to hammer in the message of the film.  Really liked the way that they give is a nice sample of Canadian society at the time in order for us to learn more about German notions of love, war and of course freedom.  Works really well as a propaganda film despite the fact that it premiered in the US a few months after Pearl Harbor. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The British press complained about what it saw as the film’s sympathetic portrayal of Nazis. Emeric Pressburger’s rebuttal was that there must be reasonable Germans as well as ruthless ones. Michael Powell joined in by writing a letter to The Times, defending the film’s stance. At any rate, it didn’t impede the film’s success–it was the biggest grossing film in the UK in 1941 and the biggest grossing British film to date in the US.(From IMDB)



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