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HARMANS CROSS MOVIE NIGHTS
On Tuesday12th. June we’re showing “Darkest Hour” at 7.30 in Harman’s Cross Village Hall.
I write this piece as I’m planning a trip to Chartwell, Winston Churchill’s home, where our next film begins. We see the great man, propped up in bed in salmon-pink pyjamas, with his cooked breakfast on a tray, the room filled with cigar smoke and, naturally, a large glass of whisky. Enter Elizabeth Layton (Lily James), Churchill’s new secretary, who was responsible for taking down the three now-legendary speeches around which the film is built. The film covers the first month of Churchill’s premiership in May and June of 1940, with sedition brewing in Westminster and Hitler’s army invading Europe. Deposed Neville Chamberlain (Ronald Pickup) and Viscount Halifax (Stephen Dillane) are determined to enter into peace talks with Hitler, clashing with Churchill (Gary Oldman) in a series of confrontations. Much of the first half highlights Churchill’s foibles: his childlike dependence on Clemmie, (Kristin Scott Thomas) his drunkenness, his boorishness, his delusional perspective on the war, and his tendency towards depression. In the latter part, we begin to see just what made him such an inspirational leader; it wasn’t just his rhetoric but the clarity of his vision. For all his egotism, he paid attention to the public in a way other politicians didn’t. We see how Churchill’s oratory had the power to galvanise a nation when he delivers his response to the Dunkirk evacuation in his famous speech, We Shall Fight on the Beaches. As American newscaster Edward R Murrow said: He mobilised the English language and sent it into battle.
Tickets £5 on the door, which will open, along with the bar, at 7pm.
Our next Movie presentation - Tuesday 12 June
Bar opens 7.00 Films starts 7.30
Tickets £5 on the door