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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:43 am    Post subject: Churchill Reply with quote

Saw Johnathan Teplitzky's Churchill last night in which Brian Cox gives a towering performance as the wartime leader in the days leading up to the Normandy invasions of D-Day. The film has attracted middling scores on RT and MC, and in fairness while providing a good couple of hours viewing, never really sets your world aflame with the passion and fear that those tortuous nerve shredding hours should bring.
Much of the trouble perhaps stems from the director (a historian, but not a WWII specialist I believe) taking a very sideways look at the events, presenting the man himself as far more opposed to the landings than he in fact was. Churchill, undoubtedly a man of many failings, is portrayed 'in the raw' (not physically Wink ), but perhaps more so than is fair in this production, possibly simply in order to give the film it's alternative slant. Clemmie, the leaders long suffering wife, is portrayed as the strength behind the great man and Miranda Richardson gives the role her considerable all - but in such a presentation the man himself is significantly reduced, and unfairly so in the eyes of many experts. There is no evidence apparently, of either strains in the marriage, anti-american feelings or overt action to try to thwart the D-Day strategy that the film relies on for much of its meat, and as such it must be viewed as historically flawed to a greater degree than is acceptable in a work of this type.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My wife and I watched The Crown. John Lithgow plays Churchill ... which is interesting. One episode is about the making of the famous painting of Churchill that he burned. It connected with Churchill's own paintings, and the death of his daughter, and the artist's attempt to capture the real man in the painting, and how that was the last thing Churchill wanted. A rather poignant episode I found.

Nothing to do with this movie except it's another example of the real Churchill, and how that was kept from the public eye, and your post reminded me of this.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought Lithgow was pretty good as him in fact. (The GF watched it, I caught bits here and there.)

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