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Originally posted by Teddy Eagle

There was an exchange in In Which we Serve between Captain Noel Coward and a fellow officer. Something like.

- What a fine sunset No. 1
- Yes sir, reminds me of a calendar my wife gave me last Christmas
- Did it have a flight if Dorniers in the top left hand corner?
- No, sir.
- That is where fiction parts with reality.

OMG, how spooky.

I've just finished watching that, had it on me planner since xmas. The No 1 you mention was a guy called Derek Elphinstone.

 


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Originally posted by eagleman13

OMG, how spooky.

I've just finished watching that, had it on me planner since xmas. The No 1 you mention was a guy called Derek Elphinstone.

It’s a tremendous film. The scene where CPO Hardy finds out about his wife is very affecting. Sometimes seems that Britain’s view of how we used to be is based on Noel Coward’s version. This Happy Breed was another.
Dilys Powell’s contemporary review of Brief Encounter said the audience were shouting - Come on. Is he ever going to give her one?
Suggesting it was an idealised view of Britain even then.

 

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Originally posted by Teddy Eagle

It’s a tremendous film. The scene where CPO Hardy finds out about his wife is very affecting. Sometimes seems that Britain’s view of how we used to be is based on Noel Coward’s version. This Happy Breed was another.
Dilys Powell’s contemporary review of Brief Encounter said the audience were shouting - Come on. Is he ever going to give her one?
Suggesting it was an idealised view of Britain even then.

Some more suggestions: Sink the Bismarck! Battle of the River Plate, Bridge Over the River Kwai, The Dambusters, Desert Rats, The Guns of Navarone, Ice Cold in Alex, The Yangtze Incident.

 


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Originally posted by ASCPFC

Some more suggestions: Sink the Bismarck! Battle of the River Plate, Bridge Over the River Kwai, The Dambusters, Desert Rats, The Guns of Navarone, Ice Cold in Alex, The Yangtze Incident.

Dont forget, Above Us The Waves, The Cruel Sea, The Longest Day, Bridge To Far.

It seems to me the 'Brits' really knew how to make a damm good war film & not distort the truth, unlike our cousins across the pond.

 


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Originally posted by eagleman13

Dont forget, Above Us The Waves, The Cruel Sea, The Longest Day, Bridge To Far.

It seems to me the 'Brits' really knew how to make a damm good war film & not distort the truth, unlike our cousins across the pond.

dunno … my fav is 'The Hill' with connery, redgrave, Kinnear, bannon, Hendry and harry Andrews - directed by Sidney Lumet (12 angry men) - an American with an accurate take on us Brutal Brits

 

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Originally posted by eagleman13

Dont forget, Above Us The Waves, The Cruel Sea, The Longest Day, Bridge To Far.

It seems to me the 'Brits' really knew how to make a damm good war film & not distort the truth, unlike our cousins across the pond.

I'm sure some film student has done a comparison between wartime movies in Britain and America.

My take is that British movies often had class distinctions so stories would include upper / middle class authority figures and your cheerful cockney "strewth, cor blimey guvnor" types. British movies didn't shy away from the reality of death and self sacrifice and the overall theme is one of we're all in this together be it commoner or posh. Quite socialist and gritty in their outlook predating those Northern dramas of the fifties and sixties.

America is a country founded on individual liberty so unsurprisingly this is the key motif in there propaganda films. "One GI John Wayne is worth twenty dirty stinking ...."" There soldiers are superheroes who buck authority and the enemy are portrayed as mindless and soulless automatons.


 


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Originally posted by ex hibitionist

dunno … my fav is 'The Hill' with connery, redgrave, Kinnear, bannon, Hendry and harry Andrews - directed by Sidney Lumet (12 angry men) - an American with an accurate take on us Brutal Brits

The Hill is a brilliant film. Sadly seldom shown.

 

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Blimey I only put my feelings about this country.
Now we've got a Barry norman thread

 

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Originally posted by cryrst

Blimey I only put my feelings about this country.
Now we've got a Barry norman thread

And why not?

 

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Originally posted by cryrst

Blimey I only put my feelings about this country.
Now we've got a Barry norman thread

Proving the HOL, still is working normally & without a slanging match in sight. Anyhoo, what films of the genre we are discussing do you enjoy?

 


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Originally posted by eagleman13

Proving the HOL, still is working normally & without a slanging match in sight. Anyhoo, what films of the genre we are discussing do you enjoy?

Tbh I do like all quiet on the western front but the other side are the stars.
The one with john boy in it.
Also saving private Ryan.
Dont know if suitable but the patriot and braveheart.

 

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Originally posted by eagleman13

Dont forget, Above Us The Waves, The Cruel Sea, The Longest Day, Bridge To Far.

It seems to me the 'Brits' really knew how to make a damm good war film & not distort the truth, unlike our cousins across the pond.

An old friend of mine was in "A Bridge Too Far". Speaking role too! He said two words to his sergeant.

As he is now the executive director of one of the longest running soaps on TV it just proves every journey needs a first step.

 

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