Oh! What a Lovely War
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Oh! What a Lovely War
Oh! What a Lovely War is an every-man-for-himself adaptation of Charles Chilton's 1963 play, as staged in London by Joan Littlewood. The tragedy of World War I is redefined in bawdy music-hall terms, beginning with a verbal free-for-all involving the Crowned Heads of Europe. The war is presented as the "new attraction" at the Brighton Amusement Pier, complete with syrupy cheer-up songs, shooting galleries, free prizes and a scoreboard toting up the dead. Throughout the proceedings, the camera concentrates on a middle-class family, whose five sons end up as cannon fodder. The… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An anti-war musical whose originality has never been successfully repeated."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Remains the most interesting and daring film Attenborough ever made."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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