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Oh! What a Lovely War

Ap­pro­pri­ately, to mark the centenary of the ar­mistice of the First World War, Cor­rie Film Club is screen­ing Richard At­ten­bor­ough’s star–stud­ded film, Oh! What a Lovely War.

Re­leased in 1969 the com­edy mu­si­cal fea­tures Lau­rence Olivier, Ralph Richard­son, John Mills, John Giel­gud, Mag­gie Smith, Vanessa Red­grave, Ian Holm and Dirk Bog­a­rde.

The film, based on Joan Lit­tle­wood’s stage mu­si­cal of the same name, is a sav­age, satir­i­cal side­swipe at the mis­man­age­ment and waste of life seen in this tragic and hor­ri­ble war.

It fol­lows the Smith fam­ily from their op­ti­mistic jin­go­is­tic join­ing up to the som­bre, dis­il­lu­sioned re­al­ity of a war of at­tri­tion.

It is a film of con­flict­ing emo­tions us­ing mov­ing ex­am­ples like Christ­mas 1914 jux­ta­posed with bawdy mu­sic hall songs.

There is pathos, satire, mu­sic and hu­mour.

Above all, the abil­i­ties of great ac­tors to­gether cre­ate a pic­ture of a devastating war with the deep­est im­pact of the film com­ing from the sad re­al­i­sa­tion that there have been, and are, wars even more hor­ri­ble.

Ev­ery­one is wel­come to go and view this film at Cor­rie and San­nox Vil­lage Hall to­mor­row (Ar­mistice Sun­day) at 8pm.

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