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Battle of Britain: The Making of a Film Paperback – Sep 1969

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; New edition edition (Sept. 1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330023578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330023573
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.3 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 342,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Max on 7 Oct. 2013
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Great book for those of us old enough to remember when the film was released. I even remember as a child watching from fields nearby, some of the sequences being filmed at Duxford when the hangers were destroyed (blown up!) so the book is especially poignant for me! If you have a love for the film it is a fascinating insight into the not-so-smooth behind the scenes trials and tribulations of big movie making. If you do not have a great affection for the film them maybe a bit of a dry read!
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Leonard Mosley covered the Battle of Britain as a war correspondent and in 1968 was commissioned to write this hybrid history of the conflict and Harry Salzman's epic film production. It would be flippant to say the tale of the movie is more gripping than the battle itself but the producers had to overcome huge obstacles to bring it to the screen and the story of money, egos and improbable logistics twists and turns like a fleeing Me 109. As a unique take on a subject covered hundreds of times it is very enjoyable, linking as it does the experiences of the war generation with that of the swinging sixties. Out of print for years but can be picked up cheaply second-hand.
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By J. D. Ritchie on 26 April 2011
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Leonard Mosley (1913-1992) was a war corespondent who covered the Battle of Britain first hand and was therefore well qualified to report on the creation of the 1968 film. This is a very interesting account of the creation of a film that could not be made today.
The book is also interspersed with key points from the true battle which parallel the struggles of the film-makers. There are 18 full colour plates as well so the book is an indispensable source for anyone wanting to know more about the process of film making.
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By J Mckenna on 1 Feb. 2015
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Very good
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