Anglo-American alliances
Young Winston (1972), A Bridge Too Far (1977) and Magic
in Richard Attenborough
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In the 1970s Richard Attenborough consolidated his move into directing by completing three films, all different in style and subject. Two were British productions: Young Winston, a portrayal of Winston Churchill's early life, and A Bridge Too Far, a re-enactment of the Battle of Arnhem, a significant Allied defeat of the Second World War. Both films are notable for their high production values, stellar casts and complex narratives. They also demonstrate Attenborough's development as a director both in his skilful control of epic sequences and his subtle approach to human interaction. The third film, Magic, a contemporary thriller, is distinct by being both a fictional story, significantly smaller. The critical success of Oh! What a Lovely War had highlighted Attenborough as a promising director. The most contentious sequence in the film involved the demarcation of the Anglo-American roles in the capture of the bridge at Nijmegen.

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