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Still very relevant after 40 years,
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This review is from: Oh! What a Lovely War: The Special Collector's Edition [DVD]  (DVD)
Having watched this DVD shortly after seeing a revival of Joan Littlewood's stage version at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, I can honestly say that despite hearing from some that it is 'dated' and 'of its (Vietnam war era) time, it still seems as fresh as ever. This is because OWALW is essentially a satire of the attitudes to war and how these change and develop as the conflict goes on - which seem to follow a similar pattern across time. So we get to see the political muddle and confusion that sows the seeds to World War I, the patriotic 'King and Country' reaction to the declaration of war and then the brutal reality and consequences of all this. All this is seen through a series of vividly realised musical vignettes, featuring authentic popular music from 1914-18.
Of course, not everyone will agree on the straight [simplistic]anti-war stance of the film, and it can also be criticised for being a little overlong and repetative, as one musical number gives way to another. But this is a powerful, close to unique film, which is both thought provoking and entertaining.