Monday, October 24, 2011

TOP 300 MOVIES OF ALL TIME: #237 " GALLIPOLI " (1981)

Gallipoli was a very real battle fought in the Dardenelles between the British and Turks in 1915. It is one of the most tragic battles ever fought, at least from the British perspective. It was conceived by Winston Churchill when he was First Lord of the Admiralty.

As is true of most anti war films,"Gallipoli" is set during the First World War. The real star of the film is Mark Lee, a top runner from the Australian outback convinced to join the service and fight for Queen and Country. Mel Gibson has a significant and ultimately sympathetic role as a competing runner who also enlists. Knowing what we know about real events there is an overwhelming sense of fate that pervades the film and its stars.

This great film was directed by Australia's greatest, Peter Weir. A sobering account about real lives being uselessly slaughtered.

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