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Subject: Gunpowder & Industrial Warfare

While the Chinese invention of gunpowder was revolutionary, it wasn’t until Europe arrived on the world stage with ever more efficient weapons making use of that discovery that warfare truly changed, generally from the 16th through the 19th century.

'Breaker' Morant (Breaker Morant)

  • Director: Bruce Beresford
  • Release Date: 1980
  • Production Country: Australia

Three Australian enlisted men find themselves on trial for war crimes after they execute several Boer prisoners and the German missionary who was the only witness. The men insist they were acting under orders, while their officers want to convince the military establishment that the three men were loose cannons operating outside both the law and human decency.

1612: Khroniki smutnogo vremeni (1612: Chronicles of the Dark Time)

  • Director: Vladimir Khotinenko
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Production Country: Russia

Czarina Kseniya Godunova is heir to the throne with a power hungry Polish husband who wants to rule Russia; a serf enamored with the czarina attempts to help her reach her rightful place.

Alatriste

  • Director: Agustín Díaz Yanes
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Production Country: Spain

Alariste, a Spanish mercenary, does his best to raise his adopted son, hiring out his skills as necessary until, in the end, he must fight for country and king—the king who has imprisoned Alariste's son in the galleys for crimes he did not commit.

Austerlitz (The Battle of Austerlitz or La battaglia di Austerlitz)

  • Director: Abel Gance
  • Release Date: 1960
  • Production Country: France, Italy, Yugoslavia, Liechtenstein

Napoleon is crowned Emperor of France and then proves his mastery of Europe in battle against the Prussians and the Russians.

Cerro Cora

  • Director: Guillermo Vera
  • Release Date: 1978
  • Production Country: Paraguay

Paraguayan forces, badly outnumbered and ranks mostly filled with children of the local tribes, fight a desperate battle against combined Argentine and Brazilian forces, knowing that the end of this battle is the end of their hopes of winning the war.

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