Tag: Vanessa Redgrave

“Churchill’s Secret”: Worth a Look

“Churchill’s Secret”: Worth a Look

Churchill’s Secret, co-pro­duced by PBS Mas­ter­piece and ITV (UK). Direct­ed by Charles Stur­ridge, star­ring Michael Gam­bon as Sir Win­ston and Lind­say Dun­can as Lady Churchill. To watch, click here

Excerpt­ed from a review for the Hills­dale Col­lege Churchill Project.

PBS and ITV have suc­ceed­ed where many failed. They offer a Churchill doc­u­men­tary with a min­i­mum of dra­mat­ic license, rea­son­ably faith­ful to his­to­ry (as much as we know of it). Churchill’s Secret limns the pathos, humor, hope and trau­ma of a lit­tle-known episode: Churchill’s stroke on 23 June 1953, and his mirac­u­lous recov­ery. For weeks after­ward, his faith­ful lieu­tenants in secret ran the gov­ern­ment.…

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End of Glory: “Into the Storm” with Brendan Gleeson and Janet McTeer (2009)

End of Glory: “Into the Storm” with Brendan Gleeson and Janet McTeer (2009)

“Into the Storm,” a tele­vi­sion dra­ma broad­cast by the BBC and HBO. Pro­duced by Rid­ley Scott, direct­ed by Thad­deus O’Sullivan. Bren­dan Glee­son as Win­ston Churchill and Janet McTeer as Clemen­tine Churchill. Screen­play by Hugh White­more.

Then out spake brave Hor­atius,
The Cap­tain of the Gate:
“To every man upon this earth
Death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die bet­ter
Than fac­ing fear­ful odds,
For the ash­es of his fathers,
And the tem­ples of his gods…”
—“Hor­atius,” stan­za XXVII in Lays of Ancient Rome, by Thomas Bab­bing­ton Macaulay. Recit­ed at the begin­ning and at the end of “Into the Storm.”

Here is a TV docu­d­ra­ma pack­ing excep­tion­al hon­esty.…

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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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