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(Feb 23, 2010)
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Three stories of bravery and betrayal set during Britain’s finest hour
The Heat of the Day Adapted by Harold Pinter, Elizabeth Bowen’s story of love and war is set at the apex of World War II. Stella Rodney (Patricia Hodge, Rumpole of the Bailey) faces an impossible choice: take up with a stranger (Michael Gambon, Harry Potter) or expose her lover’s (Michael York, Cabaret) possible treason. DVD debut. Approx. 106 min. SDH subtitles.
Housewife, 49 Based on a real-life wartime diary, this acclaimed drama stars Emmy® nominee Victoria Wood (Dinnerladies) as an introverted woman who comes alive as a volunteer on the home front. Approx. 93 min.
Island at War An accomplished ensemble cast--including James Wilby (Gosford Park) and Philip Glenister (Life on Mars)--reveals the trials, tribulations, and temptations of Britons on a tiny Channel Island during the German occupation. Approx. 398 min. on 3 discs. [closed captioned]
- Harold Pinter biography
- Text interview with Victoria Wood
- Cast reflections Filmographies
- Photo gallery
- Historical background information
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ISLAND AT WAR
is a dramatization of the living conditions on the Channel Islands, just off the French coast, after British troops left for the mainland leaving behind tens of thousands of British citizens to face eminent Nazi occupation, landing July 2,1940.
Episode #1 introduces main characters played by a stellar cast including Sen. Dorr, the primary British citizen (James Wilby-Gosford Park) and Nazi Baron Von Rheingarten (Philip Glenister-Life on Mars-another good period DVD set). Occupation begins with a harbor bombing during attempted civilian evacuations.
Ep. #2 has a German killed. English spies arrive to collect intelligence while locals learn to accept the invading Germans, reluctantly. Bravery will be a test.
Ep. #3 finds the 2 spies forced into hiding on a coastal farm while the local photo shop once owned by J. Isaaks (Jew who escaped prior to occupation) is changed to A.&J. Mahy, daughters of a man given the shop but killed in the pier raid.
Ep. #4 One spy turns himself in & confesses to killing a German to save the retaliatory execution of 10 islanders. The 2nd spy is yet sought. Local female "fraternizing" becomes an issue, Jerry-bags.
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These three films were most interesting, and I especially enjoyed the one dealing with the years of Occupation of the Channel Islands.Published on March 14, 2013 by Caroline Armitage