Winston Churchill: Walking With Destiny
2010 | Documentary | 90 minutes | English
Without Churchill, the Allies would most certainly have lost World War II. This is a position held by many eminent historians. This documentary focuses on the years 1940 and 1941 when Hitler ruled most of continental Europe. After the fall of France, England’s back was against the wall. The period was referred to as “Churchill’s years in the political wilderness.” Respectfully narrated by Oscar-winner Ben Kingsley, the documentary includes extracts from Churchill’s most inspiring speeches, the incredible evacuation from Dunkirk, and commentaries by his grandchildren. Probably no other leader, other than Churchill, could have energized the British people during the Blitz when nightly German bombers tried to obliterate the country. Churchill also became aware, early in the war, of Hitler’s plan to exterminate the Jews. He was a fervent supporter of establishing a Jewish homeland. The documentary was produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in cooperation with the U.S. State Department’s Office of Holocaust Issues.
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This solemn historical documentary by Richard Trank names British prime minister Winston Churchill the greatest political figure of the 20th century for his role in defeating Hitler. It draws a satisfying narrative arc from his extended campaign to rally President Roosevelt and the American public to Britain’s heroic defense.
WINSTON CHURCHILL: WALKING WITH DESTINY is a handsomely produced, television-scale documentary. It’s a glowing biography of Churchill, the wartime prime minister, with extracts from his famous speeches and periodic emotional crescendos.
Extensive archival footage, along with suitably sonorous narration by Ben Kingsley, document Churchill’s steadfast resolve in inspiring the British people people and marshaling U.S. support.
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