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5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative & emotional presentation on a giant of a man
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...
Published on 29 Jan 2007 by DF McCleland

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3.0 out of 5 stars A valuable addition to the memory of Winston
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...
Published on 6 Jan 2009 by Prof TBun


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87 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative & emotional presentation on a giant of a man, 29 Jan 2007
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DF McCleland (Johannesburg, South Africa) - See all my reviews
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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.

Churchill emerges after the war as a man still with the vigour of a driven man but without a battle to fight.

The DVD ends on a somewhat somber note showing a Churchill in the twilight of his life clinging to power despite his obvious declining powers. The sad finale to an extraordinary life is eloquently told by his secretaries & other close associates. Perhaps these asides, while being banal in themselves in fact have the opposite effect in that they reveal the humanity of the man despite all his perspicacity, courage & erudition.

For all those with an emotional dispossession, Churchill's life slips away before them leaving one wiping the tears from one's eyes.

A product of his time, an anachronism in a fast approaching post colonial world, an erudite author, a consummate orator with quick witted asides, Churchill was them all. It was this eclectic mix of the old & the modern which defines the man & his legacy. This is an excellent video on an extraordinary man.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A valuable addition to the memory of Winston, 6 Jan 2009
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Prof TBun (Birmingham UK) - See all my reviews
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Thoughout - Churchill Has He Is, 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
4.0 out of 5 stars The Great Man, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of the great man, 13 July 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars churchill, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great dvd, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars chuchill dvd, 19 Jan 2012
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Bought it for my 93 year old father who is an avid Chuchill fan.
He is strong in his praises about how much he has enjopyed it
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sir Winston Churchill, 11 Jan 2011
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BR STANIER "clent6" (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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A very good account of our Leader during the war years and full of new evidence to show just what he had on his plate for all those years leading us to victory A wonderful DVD
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