British Prisoner-Of-War Films 3-Week Course

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Three Week Course with Charles Rollings

In a series of three talks, Charles Rollings explores a thirty-year period (1945 to 1975) in the history of these films, and asks why, despite their popularity, they have been disregarded by serious film critics.

He shows how the genre evolved, culminating in the first post Second World War example, ‘The Captive Heart’ (1946) and uses clips from ‘The Wooden Horse’ (1951), ‘Albert, RN’ (1953), ‘The Colditz Story’ (1955), ‘The One That Got Away’ (1957), ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’ (1957) and other lesser known examples to demonstrate how they reflected contemporary issues and how they influenced later films.

In particular, he shows how ‘The Great Escape’ (1963) mined old movies, but was then itself imitated by The Password is Courage (1962), Von Ryan’s Express (1965), Hannibal Brooks (1969) and The McKenzie Break (1970). He then discusses how this and the 1970s ‘Colditz mania’ generated by the Colditz BBC TV series led to send-ups by popular comedians.

Charles is an expert on this subject and a great supporter of the Education programme at New Park cinema.

Tickets £14 for all 3 Sessions – or £6 each

Fri 13, 20 & 27 Oct 13:30 – 15:30 (Studio)

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