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Old 22nd Jul 2017, 23:36   #61 (permalink)
 
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...and Africa begins at the Pyrenees (oft quoted by Mr Banks, my old geography master!)

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Want to see a realistic WW2 movie then watch "Theirs is The Glory".
I've been aware of the existence of this film for many years but only today I saw it was on TV (one of the high-numbered channels, forget which) and I'm looking forward to watching it for the first time.
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My late father was in France, with the RAF, when the Germans invaded. He was based near Reims, and it took them nearly a month to traverse the country to get to Brest. He mentioned bathing in a river - once. This was the other evacuation - Operation Ariel. The closest they could get to the port was about 4 miles to the south. He jumped into the water and was eventually picked up about 6 hours later, and made it back to Plymouth.
His diary, though perfunctory, makes rather sober reading. His occasional recollections were rather upsetting for both narrator and listener. His nightmares even more so.
My Father was based at Reims with the army and was actually captured by German forces but "ran away" with a mate and eventually reached Marseilles and was evacuated from there to U.K.
The army sent him to Nth.Africa,Sicily,Italy and finally Greece.His advice to me on hearing that I was volunteering to serve Her Majesty was,"if there is a war and you are captured do not escape,being a POW is probably a lot safer".
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Saw it this evening at the Arclight in Hollywood. Applause at the end from the full house. Deserved. Best Nolan film so far + outstanding Zimmer score.
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Seeing parade ground clean uniforms at Dunkirk - that is just nonsense. The actors should have been crawling around in the dirt in the same uniforms for weeks.

Want to see a realistic WW2 movie then watch "Theirs is The Glory".

Arnhem

Made 1946, on location, actual battle footage interwoven.

Majority of the actors were veterans from the real battle. Including the Dutch lady who treated wounded soldiers - she became known as the Angel of Arnhem.

Any war movie director needs to watch that and compare it to Dunkirk before making another war movie.
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Old 23rd Jul 2017, 08:31   #65 (permalink)
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TTN, we rely on you to find it!

If all else fails I can put it on ut
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Thoroughly enjoyed it, and the score. The Spitfire cockpit shots were brilliant. Didn't mind the noise because war is loud and it covered up the noise of the Asian woman across the aisle alternately crunching potater crisps and sniffing.
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Looks like Hempy has saved me the trouble, PN! Ref the Zimmer score, one of the film critics on Radio 4 yesterday said she walked out half way through purely because she couldn't stand the loudness of the music. Like you I will also await the opportunity to see it it at home so I can control my own volume (and avoid the stink of popcorn ).
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TTN, will watch on YouTube but had hoped for the zTV
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youtube has lots of full length WWII Movies.

A short search there will turn them up.....and for you cheap rascals....they are free.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiFeYxlPYy4
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In so far as the Dambusters is concerned, better to bin the dog than give it a fake name.

History is history.

Why not follow the romantic line with Gibson's relationship and marriage to Eve Moore or his affairs - or his relationship with Margaret North - far more interesting than a black dog called *igger.
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They could always rename the dog Nigel.
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I enjoyed the movie very much and was entertained, especially with the air battles. I loved seeing and hearing the Spitfires in action but could only be left wondering why they would not do more to make a final scene, the burning Spit, more authentic. If your going to spend millions making a movie and for a critical scene where the camera dwells, at least put an old crappy motor on the thing rather that a prop attached to a long pole hanging at 45 deg with no motor. I was a bit annoyed as it took something away from the powerful scene for me.
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Well that's it then - no point going now wrxflame has spoilt the ending ...
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... or just keep saying 'here boy ...'
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I enjoyed the movie very much and was entertained, especially with the air battles. I loved seeing and hearing the Spitfires in action but could only be left wondering why they would not do more to make a final scene, the burning Spit, more authentic. If your going to spend millions making a movie and for a critical scene where the camera dwells, at least put an old crappy motor on the thing rather that a prop attached to a long pole hanging at 45 deg with no motor. I was a bit annoyed as it took something away from the powerful scene for me.
I hope you are not suggesting that they should destroy a precious Spitfire just to make a movie more realistic
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There are several plastic replica Spitfires doing the rounds as static display items.
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G-CPTN, one as Benson gate guardian with an anhedral tail plane and horrible transparency.
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It seems that you can also buy airworthy replicas - some full size, others 2/3rds - powered by modern V6 or V8 engines.
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In the Arnhem film I noticed how the officers shaved when they could.

I learnt about shaving from an early WW2 story - shave a stroke alternatively left and right in case your were interrupted in the process.
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I saw it this afternoon. I agree with the lack of character development but also that the flying scenes were well done. In some ways better than B of B. Which is a yardstick. I thought Kenneth Branagh's performance pretty good.
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