Taking a cue from the musicals' less than historically accurate approach to history and realism, Branagh sets the tale on the eve of WW2, for no real reason other than it gels with the genre, allows him to fill in the missing exposition and update plot proceedings by using pastiche Movietone
newsreels (plummily voiced by himself) and provides a reason why the happy ending has to be delayed for a while as the chaps prove themselves.
It brought back fond memories of the glory days of cinema newsreels like Pathe and Movietone
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The war was somewhere else, on the news, On the wireless, or Movietone
or Pathe, We stuck with our heroes, sucking liquorice root, And home-made taffy, Reading wor comics, Rover, Wizard, Adventure, Dandy and Beano, Till it all stopped as war got closer, nearer to yem, We could hear the bombs go, So many years of nothing but killing, With Dads far away from home, No pictures then, dark nights, sirens, blackouts, Gas masks, nowhere to roam.
She became associated with the stunt film genre, acting in adventure films like Jungle King (Wadia Movietone
, 1939) and Bijlee (Prakash Pictures, 1939) where one would find her dressed in tigerskins and jumping off horses.
All Quiet on the Western Front: "the mightiest drama of the screen; with British Movietone
News." No, that wouldn't do.
The bridge, decorated in paint specially made by Gateshead's Dampney and Company, cost pounds 1,200,000 and the opening was deemed important enough to be filmed by British Movietone
His guests would be fed regally, but with a one-drink limit (booze was kept in a locked safe) and the film, preceded by a Movietone
newsreel, would start at 11 each night.
But Keith Medley was also one of the finest photographers of his generation, remembered always for his Movietone
film of Donald Campbell being killed as he attempted the world water speed record on January 4,1967.
James was seized by Franco's troops and spent three weeks in a tiny cell before being detained in a PoW camp for five months.Back home in Glasgow his mum was at the Palaceum cinema when footage of the fighting was shown on movietone