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Dave Winfield

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Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain
« on: April 04, 2017, 05:05:20 PM »
I'm really looking forward to the upcoming film Dunkirk, by Christopher Nolan.
It looks like an epic production...with a huge cast.
I had already seen two trailers for it online, but I got to see a trailer on the big screen last week.
It was even more impressive.

The events at Dunkirk set the stage for the Battle of Britain.
This Dunkirk film reminded of one of my favorite films, The Battle of Britain, released in 1969.
Another epic cast.
I think I'll pull out the DVD and watch it again.
Made back when CGI didn't exist and filming dogfights meant flying real airplanes!

I saw it when it was released...soon after I bought the Paperback on the making of the film,
and couldn't wait to get the Dinky diecast Spitfire
...and then the big scale Airfix Spitfire plastic kit!
(see? theres a model connection!)

Anyway, I will definitely be seeing Dunkirk at the theater when it comes out.

On a related note, I just found out that one of my favorite filmmakers, Ridley Scott,
is planning to film his own Battle of Britain epic.
I can't wait to see what he gives us.
I just hope it doesn't match the CGI nightmare that was Red Tails.
I don't have a problem with twisting history for the sake of drama and 2 hour screentime,
but I can't handle serious technical or historical innacuracies.
Retelling the imaginary Robin Hood story is one thing...but Ridley better get this right!

On another related note, I just finished watching this 1943 documentary on youtube.
Made only 3 years after the Battle of Britain took place, and still well before the end of the war.
Its an American Defense propaganda film....made in 1943, directed by Frank Capra.
Fourth film in his Why We Fight series for the National Defense Board.

You'd never know plays like a British Defense film.
Its a mix of real footage and studio stuff...nothing that is offensive or out of place.
I was amazed by the amount of German footage included, especially for when it was made.

Its a bit heavy on the "rule brittania" and "we will never surrender" mentality,
but then, that is how England won the battle
...and in this case, its coming from an American film!