Live Poll: Operation Pied Piper

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The list page: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls044327406/
Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/QweiHZXe138/

Operation Pied Piper was the code name of the program the British did in World War 2 to get the children out of London and coastal areas and move them into the country during the Battle Of Britain and the Blitzkrieg. Some children had stayed in London. Some operations like this were done in Europe by private individuals to get Jewish refugees out of Axis occupied Europe and Asia. Some children were caught and sent to prison or concentration camps.

These are films ranging from animated musicals, to fantasy, to comedy, to gritty war dramas that deal with this part of WW2: how children lived through that war. I will include both sides of that war. Which one is your favorite? (I will start with the fantasy films showing part of Operation Pied Piper and then move to the more realistic and grittier war dramas.)
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Posted 7 months ago

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dgranger,

This is an interesting concept for a poll. Although I was aware of Operation: Pied Piper, I did not know it's operational name until now. I also would not have made the thematic connection among the films in your poll until you pointed it out.

I have three favorites in your list:

Comic:
Father Goose (1964)

Dramatic:
1st: Schindler's List (1993)
2nd: Empire of the Sun (1987)
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Your link to the article should be recommended or required reading. And since your source does not used the colon in the title, i’m Removing the colon from the title of this poll too.
To tell you the truth. I too had just recently learned the name of the operation. When I had heard it, I did think of Narnia. But more importantly The Pied Piper” because it is the first film that comes to me when I think of children in a war. Besides being a terribly dated film, it was a smart film in the point that as the man goes through Europe picking up children, the film knows that those children will speak different languages. French, German, Hebrew and English are heard in the film. And Peter will love this part, there is a very powerful scene in the movie that even Spielberg couldn’t match. It is when a boy and a girl look at the body of the nun that was accompanying them was not moving. The girl is wondering why. The boy says in French, and in matter of fact voice, three simple words, “Elle est morte” - “She is dead.”
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Good one.

Typo:
(I will start with the fantasy films showing part of Operation Pied Piper and then move to the more realistic and grittier war dramas.)
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FYC:

The Two of Us / The Old Man and the Boy:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063771/

Au revoir les enfants
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092593/...
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Both were gladly added. I was hoping for more entries from around the world and not just entries of British or Hollywood made films. The war happened around the world. So should the entries.
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Another French classic, Forbidden Games, may also fit in:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043686/...
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Of course it is on. Thank you for reminding me of the film. Yes, I have seen it. A very good choice.