Saturday, 9 April 2011
The Dam Busters - A British Cinema Classic
During a very hectic Saturday of the usual domestic round SWMBO and I managed to find time to visit one of the two local Saturday boot sales. Whilst we were there I was delighted to acquire an unused copy of the DVD of the film The Dam Busters. This was being sold on a stall supporting a local children's hospice and so I probably spent slightly more on this than I would have usually - you can buy this new very cheaply in any event - but it was in a shrinkwrap and so in pristine condition.
I doubt if there is any wargamer on the planet that is not familiar with the story of 617 squadrons raid on the Ruhr dams - certainly the film has been shown countless times and the theme tune is a classic in its own right.
I am sure I read somewhere that Peter Jackson - of the 'Lord of the Rings' film trilogy - was planning a remake of the film but I am unsure how well founded that is. Although the special effects of such a remake would be undoubtedly far superior to the original I am convinced that it would never capture the essential 'Britishness' of the 1954 version.
A true classic indeed.