Sunday 20 December 2015
Did Oh! What a Lovely War shape our view of WWI - the BBC investigates ....
This article with short audio pieces by journalist Joan Bakewell is an interactive look at the original stage production of the play and the film produced by Len Deighton in 1969, which adapted the original theatre production from the London stage to the English coast at Brighton, and their continued influence on our understanding of the war.
Joan Bakewell explores a number of familiar tropes that are linked to the play and film, such as the controversy associated with both version at the time of their release, the influence of Charles Chilton's The Long, Long Tail on the film production, and the boost the film gave to reviving numerous stage productions of the original play.
Even 101 years after its start, the Great War still plays upon our understanding of the nature of war and its impact on all our lives.