John Fleet is a filmmaker who has produced an excellent documentary on Winston Churchill and Alexander Korda. Their collaboration in movie making, though not widely known, was substantial. A trailer for “Churchill and the Movie Mogul” may viewed online. For the full lecture, including Q&A—or the option of reading a transcript—click here.
A Treat Instead of a Treatment
We always begin watching any new film about Churchill with trepidation. After the skewed portraits in the television series The Crown, the fake history about postwar India in Viceroy’s House, and the absurdities of Churchill played by Brian Cox, we are fearful of having sit through another slapdash, ill-researched portrait.…
In 1927, Winston Churchill wrote to his wife Clementine, “I am becoming a film fan.” He had projection equipment installed at Chequers, the country home of British prime ministers, in 1943, and at his family home Chartwell in 1946. “Churchill and the Movies” is the fourth and final event of the Center for Constructive Alternatives in the 2018-19 academic year. We will view and discuss two films widely regarded as Churchill’s favorites, and two Churchill biographic movies in their historical context.