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The Battle of Britain

Draft Review by Dean Duncan Jun 29, 2015

Boring, frankly, Wagner to symbolize the German juggernaut (see Prelude to War), Churchill impersonation for some reason, nice sequence with “Auld Lang Syne” over genuinely touching Coventry funeral material, Christmas and “O Come…” unavoidably affecting; but the stiff upper lip is pushed excessively, (staged) British reserve melding uncomfortably with the overemphatic Capra/Fordtype doc music that sets it off, they’re elaborating a cliché whereas Jennings, who speaks from within, makes it truth