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Garen Ewing and Murray Ewing venture into the perilous world of Adventure films! In each podcast we explore one of ten classics in different categories to discover what makes them such thrilling stories and fantastic films.

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Garen Ewing and Murray Ewing venture into the perilous world of Adventure films! In each podcast we explore one of ten classics in different categories to discover what makes them such thrilling stories and fantastic films.

    War Film 10: The Bridge On the River Kwai (1957)

    War Film 10: The Bridge On the River Kwai (1957)

    For our final podcast in the War Films series, we turn to David Lean's WWII prisoner of war drama set in Burma in 1943. Starring Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins and Sessue Hayakawa, the film was based on the novel by French author Pierre Boulle and was produced by Sam Spiegel. It won seven Oscars, four British Academy Film Awards, and three Golden Globes. Click the image below to listen to the podcast (32.7 MB, 1 hour 17 mins). Recorded Sunday 14 February 2021, edited by Murray Ewing.

    War Film 9: Kagemusha (1980)

    War Film 9: Kagemusha (1980)

    In the Japanese Sengoku period, a diminishing number of daimyos battle to see who will unite the country and become Shogun. The Takeda clan is headed by the immoveable Shingen, fighting the combined forces of Nobunaga and Tokugawa. When Shingen is mortally wounded, his generals bring in a double - a kagemusha - to keep the clan from collapsing and their enemies on their toes. A magnificent return to form for the emperor of film, Akira Kurosawa, with Tatsuya Nakadai taking on the roles of the feared Takeda daimyo and his low-caste double. Click the image below to listen to the podcast (27.4MB, 1 hour 15 mins). Recorded Monday 16 July 2018, edited by Garen Ewing. Purchase the film from Amazon UK: Downfall | Blu Ray | DVD | (1980).

    War Film 8: Downfall (Der Untergang, 2004)

    War Film 8: Downfall (Der Untergang, 2004)

    In the final days of the Third Reich, Hitler rants and raves in the confines of his bunker while his Generals get ever more desperate and the Soviet army closes in. Partially based on the memoirs of one of Hitler's secretaries, Traudl Junge, Bruno Ganz turns in a weighty performance as one of the last century's most devastating figures in this bleak look at the fall of Nazism, and of Berlin, from German director Oliver Hirschbiegel. Click the image below to listen to the podcast (29.9MB, 1 hour 12 mins). Recorded Sunday 8 April 2018, edited by Murray Ewing. Notes and Errata: The Battle of Berlin saw the Russians enter the city with about 6,250 tanks, though they had around 20,000 in the vicinity; the Germans ended up with just 40 battle-ready tanks to use in the suburbs. An information board was put up at the site of the bunker in the lead-up to the 2006 World Cup, hosted by Germany. The scene where General Krebs tries to make a deal with the Russians was with General Chuikov, not Marshal Zhukov. Downfall didn’t win an Oscar but was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 2005 (won by The Sea Inside). The other actor I was trying to remember in, um, Remember (2015) was Martin Landau. Purchase the film from Amazon UK: Downfall | Blu Ray | DVD | (2004).p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica}

    War Film 7: The Eagle Has Landed (1976)

    War Film 7: The Eagle Has Landed (1976)

    A sleepy English village is thrown into the centre of the action when a crack troop of Germans arrives, in disguise, to carry out a kidnap plot against Winston Churchill. This fictional 'secret war' encounter, written by Jack Higgins, stars Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Robert Duvall, Jenny Agutter, Jean Marsh and others and features a captivating mix of behind-the-scenes intrigue and in-yer-face action. Click the image below to listen to the podcast (28.4MB, 1 hour 6 mins). Recorded Monday 30 May 2016, edited by Murray Ewing. Notes and Errata: The Geneva Convention came into force in 1931, so was in effect during WWII. 'I Was Monty's Double' was a real-life account written by M. E. Clifton James and published in 1954; it was adapted into a film in 1958 and included a scene at the end where the Germans attempt to kidnap the false Monty. Purchase the DVD from Amazon UK: The Eagle Has Landed (1976).

    War Film 6: Zulu (1964)

    War Film 6: Zulu (1964)

    Detailing one of the outstanding small actions of the Nineteenth Century, Zulu tells the story of the small band of British soldiers who defended the mission outpost of Rorke's Drift against up to 4000 Zulu warriors. Starring Stanley Baker, Michael Caine and Jack Hawkins, it's a timeless favourite - "with some guts behind it". Click the image below to listen to the podcast (27.5MB, 1 hour 16 mins). Recorded Saturday 2 Apr 2016, edited by Garen Ewing. Notes & Errata: First Boer War, 1880-81; Second Boer War, 1899-1902. And how could we forget ... "Don't throw those bloody spears at me!" was from The Man Who Would Be King. Colin Mathieson's website. Purchase the DVD from Amazon UK: Zulu (1964).

    War film 5: It Happened Here (1964)

    War film 5: It Happened Here (1964)

    Made by two teenagers in late 50s/early 60s Britain over 8 years on a minuscule budget, It Happened Here is both a remarkable achievement and a stark commentary on the nature of war and occupation with a relevance to both historical and modern times. Created and directed by Kevin Brownlow, and starring Pauline Jobson, Sebastian Shaw, and a fascinating cast of volunteers, extras, and members of the public (26.1MB, 1 hour 12 mins). Recorded Saturday 16 January 2016, edited by Garen Ewing. Purchase the DVD from Amazon UK: It Happened Here (1964).

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