Oh! What a Lovely War
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A notice after the opening screen credits states something that must be kept in mind throughout the film: "The principal statements made by the historical characters in this film are based on documentary evidence, and the words of the songs are those sung by the troops during the First World War." Therefore, to underscore the absurdity of an international effort that did its utmost to murder an entire generation, much of the dialogue of the historical characters, comfortably ensconced away from the fighting, sounds absurd. Is it really possible, for example, that General Haig, after considering the huge loss of life on both sides, could have said something like "in the end, the Germans will have five thousand men and we will have ten thousand, so we will have won"?. Apparently so.
The men in the trenches, on the other hand, had the unenviable choice of facing probable death or mutilation on the battlefield, or facing the firing squad for cowardice if they deserted.Read more ›
The very idea of setting a musical retelling of the WWI, from the English point of view, on Brighton Pier's Fun Fair is audacious to say the least. "England Put the Kibasch on the Kaiser" truly begins the fun and shock. Maggie Smith's appearance as a Music Hall star is wonderful as she exhorts the troops to sign up. All of the songs, excepting the title one are from the era and provide enough feeling to swamp your feelings. Hooray! I shall use it in class Winter Quarter. It will be a revelation to those who have not seen it!
"The Army and the Navy need attention,
The outlook isn't healthy you'll admit,
But I've got a perfect dream of a new recruiting scheme,
Which I think is absolutely 'it.'
If only other girls would do as I do
I believe that we could manage it alone,
For I turn all suitors from me but the sailor and the Tommy.
I've an army and a navy of my own.Read more ›
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Richard Attenborough's first film does well in terms of his shots, reminiscent of David Lean, but too much of this film remains in the head of the director. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark D. Burgh
My husband and I watched it in 1969 and were confounded and amazed (being young and all.) Last month, we took a bicycling trip through Belgium and visited sites and museums of... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Six-footShoeLover
A very strange. surreal, intelligent, sometimes brilliant, sometimes dull film. The story of WW I, through British eyes, told mainly as a kind of dance hall vaudeville, intercut... Read morePublished 11 months ago by K. Gordon
Best presentation, best war movie, most powerful delivery. Theatrical presentation techniques seem magical in film, especially in segues. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Minnesotan
Great movie! Love the music from WWl used throughout this film. Beautiful staging and good acting. Very unusual anti war movie. The extras on this dvd are also very good.Published 17 months ago by J B
The genius of Richard Attleborough with a marvelous cast, script and music. One of the best black musical satires ever and so very accurate and timely. Wonderful!Published 17 months ago by Alan Bingham
This 1967 offering -- in colour -- about how World War I affected England severely, even without making mention of, or reference to, the Zeppelin raids and other attacks by... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Don E. Cook
Directed by Richard Attenborough and with a cast of all the well known British film stars. A musical satire of all the World War I songs which climax in a great dramatic irony on... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jerry F. Colet
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