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Oh! What a Lovely War (10-Mar-1969)

Director: Richard Attenborough

Writer: Len Deighton

From a play by: Charles Chilton; Joan Littlewood

Keywords: Musical, WWI

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REVIEWS

Review by Colin Phillips (posted on 12-Aug-2005)

Very theatrical but powerful anti-war movie in which the absurdity of the First World War is revealed through the enlistment of the Smith brothers, symbols of Britain's lost generation (all the brothers are killed). There is no trench warfare on screen, and whenever somebody dies, a red poppy denotes the death. The real star of the movie is the array of First World War songs, which are beautifully mounted. The movie has a cast of great British stars. Not to everybody's taste but a powerful musical satire with a bold, sardonic ending. Unforgettable if you can handle symbolic representations of war without boredom or irritation.


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