Thursday, February 15, 2018

We Shall Never Surrender

Gary Oldman as the World War II prime minister.
Just returned from watching Winston Churchill’s first days as prime minister during Britain’s Darkest Hour. 
Star Gary Oldman and director Joe Wright make Churchill heroic, poignant and likable, building to a conclusion that’s surprisingly democratic and ringingly antifascist. The movie’s about as timid as Big Ben.
“Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail,” Churchill told the House of Commons on June 4, 1940, with invasion imminent. “We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.”

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