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Churchill As He Really Was

The latest Churchill film — Darkest Hour — seems more in line with the consensus understanding of the Great Man, in contrast to the spirit of takedown evident in the recent movie, Churchill. The trailer for Darkest Hour has just appeared; Variety reports that the release date for the film will be November 24:

I am happy to see that Darkest Hour integrates research from John Lukacs’ thrillingly original book, Five Days in London: May 1940, regarding the to-negotiate-or-not-with-Hitler debate in the War Cabinet.

Addendum: The WWII hits just keep on coming: Dunkirk will open next week.

Addendum: An alumnus writes in:

As a fellow admirer of Winston Churchill, I enjoyed seeing your post on today’s Dartblog about the upcoming movies about Churchill and Dunkirk. I was not previously aware of either one, and both look like they will be well worth seeing.

Since you so admire Churchill, I wanted to call your attention to another Churchill film with which you may not be familiar. I saw it about a decade ago at a local art house cinema, and then saw it again a few months later when it appeared again at the same theater. The small theater was packed on both occasions and at the conclusion of the film on both occasions the audience broke into applause. I like to think that the applause was for the long ago deceased subject of the film rather than for the film makers, although applause was warranted for both.

The movie is titled Winston Churchill: Walking With Destiny, and it was done by Moriah Films, which is associated with the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. It is a documentary which runs just over 100 minutes. The principal focus of the film is on the period from around May 1940, when France was falling and Churchill was taking office as Prime Minister to just after Pearl Harbor, when America’s entrance into the war provided relief to Churchill that his country’s darkest hour had finally passed..

If you have not seen it, I would highly recommend that you see it if you get a chance. It is a very moving film and really does the man justice.

Winston Churchill: Walking With Destiny is available for rent in iTunes and for streaming on NetFlix.

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