Monday, 21 June 2010
Historic Films and World Cup Preparation
Algeria, England’s opponents in their World Cup football match on Friday, prepared, so we learn, by watching Gilles Pontecorvo’s masterly film, The Battle of Algiers, a searing account of that country’s fierce war of liberation from France. It seemed to work, the Algerian team being technically superior to and far more motivated than their amply rewarded opponents. So what film should the England team watch as they prepare to save their tournament against mighty Slovenia? Well, I note that The Dambusters has just been released as a Special Edition DVD. Or how about Powell and Pressburger’s moving meditation on Englishness, A Matter of Life and Death?
Posted by History Today magazine at 02:14