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2014, BBC Worldwide, 162 min, UK, Dir: Justin Hardy

This terrific three-part miniseries explores the various political, military and especially diplomatic machinations that took place in the title time between the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and Germany’s declaration of war. Ian McDiarmid (as Foreign Secretary Edward Grey), Tim Piggot-Smith (Prime Minister Herbert Henry Asquith) and Sinead Cusack (Asquith’s wife Margot) lead a typically all-star British cast.

1981, Warner Bros., 124 min, UK, Dir: Hugh Hudson

Based on actual events, this inspiring drama follows a pair of British runners in the 1924 Olympics: Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross) and Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson). Abrahams is a Jew who competes to battle anti-Semitism, while Liddell is a Christian who runs to glorify God - and confronts hurdles when he refuses to race on a Sunday. Named one of the top British films of all time by the British Film Institute, CHARIOTS OF FIRE won four Oscars, including Best Picture and Original Score (for Vangelis’ distinctive electronic music, forever linked to shots of young men in white running in slow motion along a beach).

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