I Was There: The Great War Interviews (2014)

Introduction In the early 1960s, the BBC interviewed 280 eyewitnesses of the First World War for the series, The Great War (1964). Outline Using never before seen interview footage with soldiers and civilians, the film illuminates the personal experience of the Great War, through the eyes of those who survived it. In the early 1960s,… Read More

Elizabeth (1998)

Introduction Elizabeth is a 1998 British biographical drama film written by Michael Hirst, directed by Shekhar Kapur, and starring Cate Blanchett in the title role of Queen Elizabeth I of England, alongside Geoffrey Rush, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Fiennes, John Gielgud, Fanny Ardant, and Richard Attenborough. The film is based on the early years of Elizabeth’s… Read More

The First of the Few (1942)

Introduction The First of the Few (US title Spitfire) is a 1942 British black-and-white biographical film produced and directed by Leslie Howard, who stars as R. J. Mitchell, the designer of the Supermarine Spitfire fighter aircraft. David Niven co-stars as a Royal Air Force officer and test pilot, a composite character that represents the pilots… Read More

The Last Days of Patton (1986)

Introduction The Last Days of Patton is a 1986 American made-for-television film biographical drama film and sequel to the 1970 film Patton, which portrays the last few months of the general’s life. George C. Scott reprises the role of General George S. Patton, and Eva Marie Saint portrays Beatrice Patton, the general’s wife. Outline As… Read More