Oh! What a Lovely War – A Film Review

Here’s another one from a bit farther back in the film vault than usual.  This film, which has very theatrical sets, revolves around a series of vignettes about British involvement in World War I on both fronts, home and war.  Some of the vignettes were very entertaining. The best ones featured actors still popular today – Vanessa Redgrave as the pacifist and another featuring Maggie Smith as a vaudeville performer – I’m not sure the folks at Hogwarts know she has this talent. The most touching vignette was about Christmas Day at the front with both sides met in the middle and shared a handshake and a drink.  It’s a film worth listening to just for the song lyrics which were supposedly popular at that time, sung to familiar melodies. While I’m not sure I’d watch the film again, I wouldn’t mind listening to the soundtrack.

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