Culloden (The Battle of Culloden)
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Culloden (The Battle of Culloden)
Peter Watkins directed this mock-documentary examination of the Battle of Culloden in 1746, the final act in the attempted Jacobite Rebellion and among the first major steps in Great Britain's near-genocide of the original Highland clans of Scotland. Filmed as if a modern-day television news crew was on hand to cover the battle, and using a team of nonprofessional actors, Culloden includes on-the-spot interviews with the participants, reveals the meager circumstances of the Scot soldiers and the questionable competence of Charles Edward Stuart (aka Bonnie Prince Charlie), and reenacts the… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Culloden achieves its effect through the glaringly anachronistic use of a TV crew, begging its spectator to ponder her position in relation to the historical events onscreen."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"The word "seminal" is often bandied about these days but it is accurate to say that Watkins's Culloden is truly a seminal work, which, in many ways, changed forever the way in which documentary and historical programmes were shot."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"This is less a study of a horrible battle than it is a cry against war in any form."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Watkins continually questions why wars are fought, and what the soldiers believe, and what the authorities say, and whether these things add up."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
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