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Sunday, April 04, 2010

From Winston Churchill to CS Lewis

- Simon Ward as the young Churchill

I was thinking about Winston Churchill today - I'm reading a book about WWII and that reminded me of an old movie I'd seen once on tv, Young Winston ...

Young Winston is a 1972 British film based on the early years of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The film was based on the book My Early Life: A Roving Commission by Winston Churchill. The first part of the film covers Churchill's unhappy schooldays, up to the death of his father. The second half covers his service as a cavalry officer in India and the Sudan, during which he takes part in the cavalry charge at Omdurman, his experiences as a war correspondent in the Second Boer War, during which he is captured and escapes, and his election to Parliament at the age of 26.

Churchill was played by Simon Ward, who was relatively unknown at the time but was supported by a distinguished cast including; Robert Shaw (as Lord Randolph Churchill), John Mills (as Lord Kitchener), Anthony Hopkins (as David Lloyd George) and Anne Bancroft as Churchill's mother Jennie. Other actors included Patrick Magee, Robert Hardy, Ian Holm, Edward Woodward and Jack Hawkins. The film was written and produced by Carl Foreman and directed by Richard Attenborough .....

I thought I'd look for a video clip of the movie but somehow got sent from Google video to American Rhetoric because they have there a speech from Young Winston (Address to the House of Commons). While there I noticed a talk by CS Lewis from 1944 - BBC Radio Talk: "Beyond Personality -- Mere Men". Here below is a video of the first part of that talk (you can find the other parts at YouTube) ....


Blogger Cura Animarum said...

Happy Easter Crystal! I hope things are going well for you.

10:56 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Thanks, Cura. I hope the same for you.

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Dyan said...

Thanks for this Crystal - I really enjoy CS Lewis' works! What a treat :)

8:38 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Dyan,

Thanks :) I read his Narnia books and The Screwtape Letters, but long ago. I should pick up some of his non-fiction.

9:55 PM  

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