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Churchill: The Hollywood Years – Background and Commentary

Origin: England

Churchill: The Hollywood Years was a production of the English film industry.

This movie is less how Americans remember the WWII and more how the English think Americans remember WWII. The jokes are also geared to a specific subset of the English that find Harry Enfield and testicle  jokes funny. That is not to say the movie is not going to make you laugh. However…

… you are only going to laugh at the historical inaccuracies. But that’s okay, those inaccuracies are mostly intentional. The movie seems to take place in 1939, which makes some jokes… questionable.

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The Pirate Movie – Background and Commentary

The Pirate Movie

Background: The Pirate Movie is a modern interpretation of Gilbert’s and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, one of their better know works. The Movie is told in a dream sequence by the unconscious Mabel, played here by Kristy McNichol. The original light opera was mainly told, like most operas by G&S, through the point of view of the lead male character, Frederic. The shift of focus to Mabel, and her more independent characterization was a consequence of cultural changes of the 60’s and 70’s.
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