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The previous reviewer summed it up pretty well. I don't have much to
add except that the DVD I watched was in bad shape and Orson Welles, he
of the resonant baritone, sounded scratchy. The speaker who imitates
Churchill's voice in the quotations isn't too convincing, despite the
distinctive qualities of both Churchill's speech and his writing. After
half an hour's practice, I could do almost as well.
The DVD was part of a 3-disc set. The first disc is a rough history of Churchill and his career, using stills photos and newsreel footage. The other two discs are of Churchill's speeches, always thoughtful, always rousing in one way or another. They recall the days when statesmen like Churchill and Lincoln could both read and write.
Very interesting, if somewhat frustratingly limited documentary
biography of Winston Churchill. It's not really the film's fault. It's
well made and intelligent. It's just that Churchill lived such a full
and fascinating life, that trying to jam it all into an under 2 hour
film means that much has to be ignored or sped through.
So in most areas we get the reader's digest version. Only the war years get a little more detail. But we get almost nothing about Churchill the human being, the husband, the father.
Huge changes in his political career are handled with a few sentences and a couple of images.
Yet I was never bored, and still ended up knowing much more about both Churchill and Britain in the war years than when I started.
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