The War Game / Culloden
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Top Customer Reviews
As for "The War Game," although it's very much a work from the Cold War era (1965) it's still effective in spite of, or perhaps because of, it being black-and-white, gritty, short in running time, and focused on a small part of a pre- and post-attack Britain. I've seen "Testament," "Threads," and "The Day After" and this seems more effective -- and more graphic -- and while the other three nuclear-attack films show a story, "The War Game" is more immediate. You are watching society coming apart in almost real time, and it's scary.
I differ from other reviewers in that I find that "Culloden" seems to have aged well, if you accept 1964 state-of-the art news media in 1745 as a premise. Given the few actors, and some clever camera angles, the story manages to suggest fragmentary and smoke-shrouded parts of the battle as believable (in a battle that involved 15,000 men in real life). No spectacle, just confusion and the sort of narrow field-of-vision that those caught in such a battle would see, with the participants talking to the camera as the battle unfolds, horribly wrong. The Greek-chorus commentary on the pre-battle failures on the Scottish side does not take away from the story, rather, the viewer is watching an unfolding and inevitable tragedy. Nor does the film neglect the post-battle search-and-destroy by the victorious British forces, in many ways as harrowing as the battle. And you learn something of the participants, famous or not, Scottish, British and Irish (they were there, too, as you see).
Highest recommendation for those with an interest in British/Scottish or cinematic history.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
magnificent recreation of the battle of Culloden!! Done as if a film crew was there at battle doing a documentary, with interviews, as well as film of battle and aftermath.... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Monte Gilliam
Peter Watkins made the extraordinary look easy when it came to his craft of making films. ‘The Battle of Culloden’ was made for TV in 1964 and reconstructed the last battle on... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tommy Dooley
Your watching a fictional biography where a reporter is interviewing people before and after a nuclear strike in an English town in 1965. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gold Apex
I first saw The War Game shortly after it wasn't shown on British TV. I saw it at a school film club, and it scared the living daylights out of me. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bill Peter
The War Game is well made and very interesting to watch. It encapsulates a time and mentality that only those who lived it can appreciate. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Joey E. Boyum
Nobody remembers forgotten filmmaker Peter Watkins, but these two docudrama relics from 1964 are worth a look. Read morePublished 18 months ago by James Clifton
The War Game was Very interesting. Culloden was shocking and very educationalPublished 20 months ago by C. J. Reott
2 great films, I only with Peter Watkins made more films in this style!
The war game was banned from tv for years and its quite harrowing to watch but well worth... Read more