Saturday, October 27, 2007

Saving Private Hussein

I was taking a trip down memory lane in wikipedia about the Iran-Iraq War, and came upon this interesting description of the war in film:
'Al-Hudood Al-Multahebah' (The flaming borders) is an Iraqi film made in 1987. It is considered to be the 'Saving Private Ryan' and 'Enemy at the Gates' version of the Iran-Iraq War. The movie was a huge hit at the time of its release however the movie is not well known outside Iraq.*
Wiki provides a link to clips of this movie, in Arabic with French subtitles:

It's really interesting, and there are two other clips
here and here to check out. The second clip has a little bit, ehhhm, "extra" and more contemporary that reveals some of the poster's motives. Also, check out the comments on the clip I embedded (double-click to open it in YouTube, or here)- it's a gloves off flame war between some Iraqi and Iranian commenters.

Oh! Check out this machine gun emplacement at 3:04. Were they really designed like that? What's the point- make them the best target possible?

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