Miracle at St Anna [Blu-ray]
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DESCRIPTION: From award-winning filmmaker Spike Lee comes Miracle At St. Anna, the story of four black American soldiers who are members of the US Army as part of the all-black 92nd Buffalo Soldier division stationed in Tuscany, Italy during WWII. They experience the tragedy and triumph of war as they find themselves trapped behind enemy lines and separated from their unit after one of them risks his life to save an Italian boy. Praised as The best war movie since Saving Private Ryan (Pat Collins, WWOR TV) and One of the year s best (Ben Lyons, E!), and filled with epic battle sequences and action, the film explore deeply inspiring, powerful story drawn from true history, that transcends national boundaries, race and class to touch the goodness within us all. Now even more revealing with exclusive Blu-ray bonus features that bring you even deeper into the world of these unsung heroes.
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But we see two major errors in the negative reviews. So let's deal with them.
1) "all the white people are racist"
This is so wrong it's amazing that anyone could claim it. The entire film revolves around the caring, even loving, relationships between white and black characters. Yes, there are some white racists. It's the 1940s.
But let's go group by group.
US Military Officers: we have roughly 3.
First, there is the idiot racist junior officer who is immediately in charge of the main characters. He's the kind of man who refuses to believe what the troops on the ground say because they don't fit his mental understanding of what "has to be the truth". He also refuses to let there be any response to his orders. Yes, he's white and he's doing this to black troops. But this type of character exists in hundreds of war movies, and sends people to their deaths through their idiocy regardless of color, what war, what time in history.
Because these people exist, and untold thousands of men have died because of their mental defects.
Second, there is the brief appearance by a high-ranking officer who understands the situation and treats the black characters with respect. This character appears in countless films as well.
Third, the MPs in the flashback to basic training in Mississippi. They attempt to prevent the conflict between the black soldiers and white shop-owner from escalating to violence. Let's call them neutral.
Second, Nazis: we have a Nazi officer who commits atrocities and those who follow the orders to do so.Read more ›
After a lifetime spent reading military history and talking at length with WW II veterans, I believe that the US Army infantry divisions engaged in combat in WW II were manned by dedicated soldiers who served their country honorably and well, very much at the daily risk of their lives.I see no reason to modify this statement with regard to the black men who filled the ranks of the 92nd in Italy.
Unfortunately, the filmmaker saw fit to incorporate just about every possible cliche and inaccuracy he could think of into this film. In the first place, deciding to go strolling across a stream in broad daylight within arm's reach of each other, with defenders hidden on the other side invites disaster. One of the few things this film got right was the effectiveness of a German gun crew with an MG 42. Secondly, who in their right mind would carry around a sixty pound marble head of a statue suspended from a cartridge belt ? At a glance, a squad leader would have ordered this
thing discarded the moment he noticed it .Fans of this film should strap the head of a statue to their own belts and see just how far they get through their daily routines before they give up.
A German officer preventing his men from murdering a wounded enemy is one thing. How likely would he really be to hand him a loaded weapon and turn his back on him ? Then there's Renata, the source of much interest in this film. At some point she's outdoors doing laundry. During a conversation with one of the protagonists she abruptly removes her top and proceeds to finish her task half - naked. I'm sure this sort of thing happened often during the war.......Read more ›
The Good : Absolutely beautiful cinematography. If you could mute the sound (dialogue) one might think they were watching a pretty decent WWII era movie. Battle scenes were shot well. Uniforms were pretty dead on accurate and the weapons were accurate although Thompson SMGs and 1911 .45 caliber HGs did not have 100 round clips......
The Bad : Awful and embarrassing dialogue embellished with overacting which made it almost comical. Obligatory nudity. Soldiers using language and phrases that would be used only today. A German louspeaker that blares Axis Sally's propaganda for several square miles over the battlefield and is audible to all. Fragmented story with a total lack of cohesion (like this review). My favorite is the commanding white officer (Nokes?) stating that the Germans were going to cause a race riot by piping in the propaganda. I think that those valiant soldiers were more interested in staying alive and protecting their comrades than starting a race riot in Italy under fire. But then again this shows the mentality of Spike Lee and the writer.
The Ugly : All white officers and soldiers portrayed as bigoted haters. In one instance the commanding officer refuses to believe members of the 92nd crossed the river so does not send supporting artillery strikes. His reasoning for this is "He is lying".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story, poorly acted. Went to the church in Sant' Anna last week.Published 1 month ago by Charles Campbell
Based on James McBride's novel, this is an extraordinary story of African-American soldiers in Italy and in battle against the Germans. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sanna Nimtz Towns
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