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How I Won The War

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Richard Lester's 1967 adaptation of Patrick Ryan's novel illustrates just how ahead of his time the director was in terms of playing with the conventions of cinema. Intercutting his anti-war story with real battle footage, he has his actors talk not just to camera but to the filmmaker himself. At one point we even see a cinema audience watching the movie back home and commenting on it.

Unfortunately, the cool parts don't make for a satisfying whole and what begins as a sharp, inventive satire soon descends into a toothless, unfunny morass of slapstick. Still, as the inept officer in charge of a troop of equally inexperienced soldiers, Michael Crawford shows the same physical dexterity that would make him a household name a few years later with Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. And look out too for John Lennon as one of the squaddies attempting to build a cricket pitch behind enemy lines...

Film Details

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: September 1st 2004

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