Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Hollywood vs. History: Fact or Fiction? Chetniks! The Fighting Guerrillas (1943)

By Carl Savich
Hollywood has always tackled the historical film, from biographies of Abraham Lincoln to Sergeant Alvin C. York to John F. Kennedy. Hollywood has featured historical war movies on World War II such as Guadalcanal Diary (1943), The Longest Day (1962), The Battle of the Bulge (1965), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Pearl Harbor (2001), and Flags of Our Fathers (2006).
Films on the Balkans, and on Yugoslavia, in particular, however, were rare. This was because Eastern Europe was regarded as peripheral and secondary. An exception was Chetniks! The Fighting Guerrillas released in 1943 by 20th Century Fox. This movie sought to portray the guerrilla resistance movement led by Draza Mihailovich in German-occupied Yugoslavia.

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