OH! WHAT A LOVELY WAR
1969, Paramount, 136 min, UK, Dir: Richard Attenborough

In this dazzling directorial debut from Richard Attenborough, a working class family is confronted with the unfathomable realities of World War I, after three brothers witness trench warfare first hand. This is no ordinary war film, however, as Attenborough injects humor, dazzling camera effects, and music into this otherwise stark reality. Thus by fusing the surreal with the factual, and juxtaposing savagely funny satire with quiet sorrow, Attenborough creates a powerful anti-war statement like no other. Based on the stage musical by the same name, OH! WHAT A LOVELY WAR features a stellar cast that includes Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, John Mills, John Gielgud, Maggie Smith, Vanessa Redgrave, Ian Holm, Dirk Bogarde and Susannah York.


CHAPLIN
1992, Sony Repertory, 143 min, USA, Dir: Richard Attenborough

Robert Downey Jr. earned a well-deserved Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance as the titular comic legend. Like many of Chaplin’s best films, this biopic balances hilarious gags with moments of sadness as it traces the performer’s life and loves from his start in silent shorts to his retirement in Switzerland. CHAPLIN boasts superb production values led by Sven Nykvist’s cinematography and John Barry’s Oscar-nominated score as well as an outstanding supporting cast including Anthony Hopkins, Dan Aykroyd, Kevin Kline, Diane Lane and Geraldine Chaplin (playing her own grandmother).


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