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Oh! What a Lovely War

Oh! What a Lovely War(1969)

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  • How Incredible

    • Carol
    • 7/26/14

    I happened on this incredible and timely Brit film from the late 60's and issued in the context of the inhumanity of the Viet Nam conflict as well as the ongoing Cold War morass. I had never experienced this incredible anti war movie of such scathing satire previously. I stumbled upon it, quite by accident, with it already playing for approximately 1/2 hour, encountering it channel surfing, after watching the late night Charlie Rose on PBS. This film totally floored me, and I was so incredibly impressed with the scathing wittiness and handling of war. The timeliness is pithily overwhelming, especially in the context of the recent goings on in our crazy world. Consider, for example, the Gaza brouhaha between the Israelis and Hamas, recent ongoing debacle ongoing in the Ukraine the total lack of compassion for the sacrifice of so many unwitting victims via Malaysia, with the prurient sable rattling ongoing in North Korea, the kidnap of the girls in Africa, the mass immigration attempt from Central America into the US of children/families who believe that their migration danger is mitigated by the inherent danger at home. Consider also the incredible unrest in Syria, the emergence of another terrorist group ISIS joining the Iraqis with the Syrians, and the continued march toward nuclear armament of the Iranians. The sanctity of human life apparently is being seen as unimportant, with humanity now being now perceived as a rather explicitly worthless commodity. Humans are merely commodities for disposal. What a terrible commentary. This film should be mandatory material for our teens; perhaps the points so satirically made is this film will provide potent thoughtful fodder for a world which has become inured to violence. Hope indeed springs eternal. This treasure needs to be available for viewing of the general public, rather than just being a perceived Brit treasure.

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    • Dan Wolf
    • 7/20/14

    I have not seen this film since it was released. At the time, I viewed it twice because I found it so brilliant. Using the music of the period, it tells the brutal tale of World War I with a sense of style and theatricality that brings the anti-war message home with a power that a traditional narrative war movie could not achieve. Thank you TCM for pulling it out of the vault so it can be seen by the audiences it deserves.

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