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Churchill [1993] [VHS]


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  • Actors: Martin Gilbert
  • Directors: Marisa Appugliese, Jeremy Bennett
  • Format: Black & White, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: BBC
  • VHS Release Date: 8 Feb 1993
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CMYN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,233 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

An exploration of Britain's war time leader. A four hour video including archive footage of his home life, political campaigns and battles of the two world wars. This documentary covers Churchill's life as a soldier, politician, writer, painter, and statesman.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Prof TBun on 6 Jan 2009
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If you don't know much about Churchill, then I don't think this is ths best starting place.

This mini documentary series is a personal memorial to Churchill by some of those who knew him. It gives a different perspective on him as a man, particularly in his latter years.

There is little detail about Winston's career. It is more an exploration of his character and the enduring love of the nation towards him. It was espescially moving to see footage of the cranes lining the Thames, bowing in succession, as Churchill made his journey to his final resting place.

For anyone who already has an interest in Churchill. This series does offer you something new.
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90 of 95 people found the following review helpful By DF McCleland VINE VOICE on 29 Jan 2007
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This DVD provides one with the reasons why this man is held is such high regard by the British public & why he is rightly regarded as the epitome of dogged determination & a pillar of strength in Britain's hour of need.

Unlike most politicians who, if one strips away their political deeds usually conceived in smoke filled rooms, are nothing more than empty shells. Churchill instead was the epitome of the courageous & audacious soldier whose acts of bravery drew people to themselves.

This biography does not dwell on his failings of which there were many including the removal of the leash of the Black & Tans Regiment in southern Ireland in the 1920's. Arguably the actions of this military unit were the last nail in the coffin as far as the distrust & disdain which the Irish Catholics held for the British. But not a word is mentioned of this lapse of judgment.

In contrast the ill-conceived Dardanelles campaign during WW1 is covered in a fair amount of detail not doubt because it led to Churchill's dismissal as Lord of the Admiralty.

From this point onwards, it was downhill in his career until his nadir when he inadvisedly backed the monarchy viz King Edward VIII in the abdication crisis. This period shows Churchill becoming more at odds with public sentiment to the point where snide comments were made that "he has a brilliant future behind him".

One's primary & overwhelming image of Churchill is that of his effortless & evocative oratory but that was a "façade". From the interviews with his many private secretaries, it is abundantly clear that this was not a natural talent. Rather it was by dint of hard work that over a period of days & endless rehearsals that the polished gem emerged complete with its soaring cadences & poignant imagery.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jan 2001
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This is one of the best histories of The Great Man - Churchill. It tells the stories of his life, keeping to the facts and for me bringing him alive. If you read British History then you must view Churchill - it is a must.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bombalone on 19 Jan 2012
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You may not agree with his politics or his heavy drinking-She said "you`re drunk sir"

and Winston replied " I`ll be sober in the morning but you`ll still be ugly"-He had

personal qualities that are sadly lacking in todays "blag-it" society.
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By Crispin on 15 Dec 2013
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Very good part of history well worth watching I think it should be used as a teaching aid in schools
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I found this 'warts and all' biography useful in that it filled in gaps in my knowledge and as well as being entertaining.
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By Viv on 24 Feb 2013
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it was . would have liked some acting in itquite good,informative interesting. would recommend it. reasonably done.quite informative good locations used
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By Jonasmummi on 11 Jan 2013
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Thank you great film I love a film with a great cast and this was it, I recommend it to othe
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