The Steel Helmet ★★★★

Watched at home alone via Criterion Channel.

This is a film that was great when it came out, but today it requires an understanding of the context of its release and why it's such a landmark. So many aspects are dated, and the budget constraints show in sometimes embarrassing ways, but it's still the first film about the Korean War (while it was being fought). It's also a rare film that acknowledges institutional racism in the US and its army. It actually owns up to Japanese internment, in 1951! That it exists is kind of extraordinary.