Tag: Ralph Wigram

Churchill’s Christmas, 1882-1947: Halcyon and Sterner Days

Churchill’s Christmas, 1882-1947: Halcyon and Sterner Days

Merry Christmas …..  Happy Hannukah

“Churchill’s Christ­mas” is excerpt­ed from a two-part arti­cle for the Hills­dale Col­lege Churchill Project. For the com­plete text with foot­notes, please click here.

To Churchillian col­leagues, and most of all those who have encour­aged and sup­port­ed our Churchill work at Hills­dale Col­lege so many years: thank-you for being our friends.

Washington, 24 December 1941

“Let the chil­dren have their night of fun and laugh­ter… Let us grown-ups share to the full in their unstint­ed plea­sures before we turn again to the stern task and the for­mi­da­ble years that lie before us, resolved that, by our sac­ri­fice and dar­ing, these same chil­dren shall not be robbed of their inher­i­tance or denied their right to live in a free and decent world.…

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Churchill Clairvoyant: Vision of 1940 to Evans

Churchill Clairvoyant: Vision of 1940 to Evans

Great web­site! I am a psy­chol­o­gist writ­ing a book man­u­script on the bio­log­i­cal basis of self-con­fi­dence. I am an admir­er of Churchill, I would like to use a quote from The Gath­er­ing Storm movie to demon­strate Churchill’s tremen­dous con­fi­dence. Can you help me find the film com­ment, to Ralph Wigram?  In con­ver­sa­tion with a school­mate [Mur­land Evans] he says he had a strange feel­ing. One day, he said, Britain would be in great dan­ger, and it will fall to him to save Lon­don. —B.J.S.

Private Doubts

Thanks for the kind words. Pri­vate­ly the Churchill of ear­ly World War II was not so con­fi­dent as his speech­es pro­claimed.…

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Albert Finney in “The Gathering Storm”

Albert Finney in “The Gathering Storm”

“The Gath­er­ing Storm,” a film for tele­vi­sion pro­duced by BBC Films and HBO Inc.. Star­ring Albert Finney as Win­ston Churchill and Vanes­sa Red­grave as Clemen­tine. First aired April 2002, 90 min­utes.

Churchill films sel­dom engen­der una­nim­i­ty. But every­one who watched the pre­view, by kind invi­ta­tion of the British Con­sul in Boston, had the same reac­tion. “The Gath­er­ing Storm” is real­ly good. Even in a cyn­i­cal and anti-hero age, film­mak­ers still can avoid reduc­ing Churchill to a flawed bur­lesque or a god­like car­i­ca­ture. Except for huge gap in the sto­ry line, “The Gath­er­ing Storm” is out­stand­ing.…

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