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“Darkest Hour,” the movie: an interview with The Australian

“Darkest Hour,” the movie: an interview with The Australian

For The Australian …

Troy Bram­ston of The Aus­tralian news­pa­per had per­ti­nent ques­tions about the new movie Dark­est Hour, star­ring Gary Old­man as Win­ston Churchill. With the thought that Troy’s queries might be of inter­est, I append the text of the inter­view.

The Aus­tralian : Of all the things Win­ston Churchill is pur­port­ed to have said and done, the myths and mis­con­cep­tions, which are the most preva­lent and frus­trat­ing for schol­ars? None of these appear in the film, but there are three things that ran­kle: 1) The lies—that he was anx­ious to use poi­son gas; that he fire­bombed Dres­den in revenge for Coven­try; that he exac­er­bat­ed the Ben­gal famine, etc.…

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“Success”: What Churchill REALLY Said

“Success”: What Churchill REALLY Said

Churchill said much about suc­cess in life and pol­i­tics, but is fre­quent­ly mis­quot­ed. His gen­uine quo­ta­tions on the sub­ject are less often seen. Here are some of the things that he actu­al­ly said, con­firmed in Churchill By Him­self –in chrono­log­i­cal order, with cita­tions:

“You must put your head into the lion’s mouth if the per­for­mance is to be a suc­cess.” –19 Feb­ru­ary 1900, South Africa, Lon­don to Lady­smith via Pre­to­ria, 1900.

“…do not be car­ried away by suc­cess into demand­ing more than is right or pru­dent.” —House of Com­mons, 3 March 1919

”Do not be fobbed off with mere per­son­al suc­cess or accep­tance.…

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