Culloden/The War Game

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Culloden/The War Game

  • 1969 ----- b & w ----- 72 min ----- vhs
  • (Written and directed by Peter Watkins) Recreates the struggle in 1746 between the rebellious Highland Scots' forces of Bonnie Prince Charles, pretender to the British throne, and the regular British army sent to Scotland to put down the rebellion. The battle was a fiasco for the Scots. Watkins uses the battle to study the reasons why men fight, and to show how hideous modern war is. Parallels can be drawn between attitudes toward war then and now.
  • 1965 ----- b & w ----- 42 min
  • (Written and directed by Peter Watkins) A fictional, worst-case-scenario docu-drama about nuclear war and its aftermath in and around a typical English city. Although it won an Oscar for Best Documentary, it is fiction. It was intended as an hour-long program to air on BBC 1, but it was deemed too intense and violent to broadcast. It went to theatrical distribution as a feature film instead. Low-budget and shot on location, it strives for and achieves convincing and unflinching realism.
  • Topics: (British Isles, History: British, Motion Pictures: Documentary, Motion Pictures: Features, Political Science: British, War and Peace)