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Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)
in Richard Attenborough
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Oh! What a Lovely War is Richard Attenborough's most innovative film and one of his finest productions. The film is notable for its stylised scenes and a cast that included the elite of British theatre, giving it a significant cachet. At the time of release there were adverse comments through a polemical review and critique from Alan Lovell in the Brighton Film Review. Oh! What a Lovely War is based on the musical stage play Oh What a Lovely War! produced by Joan Littlewood for the Theatre Workshop Company first performed in 1963. The film explores the First World War in a vivid and impressionistic portrayal which is presented through a mixture of quasi-reality and fantasy. King and Country shares a complex narrative structure with Oh! What a Lovely War by attempting to show a distinction between the higher officers and the lower officers.


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