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Top 10 World War II Films

It's difficult to limit the great WWII films to a paultry 10. Painfully, I've left out such classics as Tora! Tora! Tora!, Shindler's List, Inglorious Bastards and many others. Casablanca, one of my favorite films of all time, didn't make the list as I stayed with films more about the actual battle.

My novel, "Don Carina," set during WWII in Naples, Italy, has found interest from Hollywood and there has been talk of turning it into a 12 part mini-series or a film.

Carina Russo, the heroine of of the novel started from interviews I held with her youngest daughter. While Carina is not a true heroine because of her many violent choices, she was certainly fascinating. I will let the reader determine if she was a hero or villian in the violent world she was forced to make her decisions. In this way, she has much in common with Michael Corleone from "The Godfather" book and movie.

The naive Carina is forced by her mother to marry Russo, The Prince of Naples, head of the Mafia/Camorra there before World War II. When her husband becomes incapacitated during WWII, Carina sees no one to take charge during this dangerous period other than herself. She manipulates the "family" to choose her and later uses her new skills to cement her power.

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