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Wondering about Winnie.

January 14, 2018

The last time I went to a picture house (these days I think they are called “cinemas”) a smiling gentleman popped up from the stygian darkness bashing away at a Hammond organ….

Well, that may be a BIT of an exaggeration, but it’s certainly some time ago, so Her Indoors expressed surprise when I  evinced an interest in seeing a celluloid interpretation Sir Winston Churchill’s single-handed supremacy over Mr Schnickelgrubber.

I was a mere ten months old when the Third Reich had  Britain’s Finest bottled up in a place called Dunkirk, so I am not exactly qualified to prove or disprove what went on at Whitehall and inside Winnie’s head. And it may well have been as portrayed.

However, I think the film-makers went just a WEE bit over the top with some of the Churchillian characteristics. And   (pardon me if I am wrong) it stretches the imagination  more than somewhat to see an unescorted, cigar-chomping Prime Minister mingling in a crowd of stereotype Cockneys on the Tube headed for Whitehall…and giving them a  cut-down version of his “We will fight them on the beaches” exhortation.

Three stars.

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