In 1949, like the rest of America, Hollywood was reckoning with the devastation of World War II, and that year’s Oscar race was packed with tales of heroism from the conflict’s far-flung ravaged battlefields. William Wellman’s “Battleground” and Henry King’s “Twelve O’Clock High” competed for nine Oscars, including best picture honors. “Paisan” from Italy earned……

via A Prophetic Tale of a Dangerous Demagogue Trumped Best Picture Rivals — Variety

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