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The TG and I saw "DUNKIRK" over the weekend. She liked it a lot more than I did. I thought it was just OK: under-dramatized and de-personalized. Part of the problem was that Christopher Nolan wrote his own screenplay, which was insubstantial and unreal. I guess he felt that his pictures could carry the drama, but I felt very little connection with any of the characters, even though they were in universal, life-threatening situations. Only the great Mark Rylance generated any feeling in me. I especially disliked Hans Zimmer's music. Ian McEwan's treatment of the Dunkirk evacuation in his masterpiece ATONEMENT makes this movie look like a video game.

Of course, I'm in the minority on this one. The Rotten Tomatoes are 92% Fresh. But I saw what I saw.

Still, it was nice to go to the movies. We reserved good seats on Fandango. I love big leather loungers that recline. We could have even had a meal and some booze. I settled for popcorn.

But I'm an Anglophile. I admit it. Just a year ago, the TG and I were preparing for our epic three-week trip to the UK.

So here are some Brit links, despite – or because of -- what I thought of DUNKIRK:

ATONEMENT'S five-minute tracking shot of Dunkirk – directed by Joe Wright
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QijbOCvunfU

Winston Churchill – "We shall fight on the beaches" speech – he is clearly drunk. Winnie started with the whiskey and sodas at 10:30 in the morning. Just reporting, not judging.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkTw3_PmKtc

The National Gallery's website
https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk

The National Trust's website
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk

The Tate Museum's website
http://www.tate.org.uk

Sir John Soane's Museum – London's best-kept secret
http://www.soane.org

Vera Lynn – "The White Cliffs of Dover"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5aeClRY4kA

The Beatles – 1963 BBC TV concert – nine ecstatic minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brwmLjD-3Hw

The Beatles – 1963 – from The Morecambe Show – eleven superb minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlYZ2NBRrmo

The Beatles – 1965 – from Blackpool – seventeen spectacular minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxcSUiHnhag

The Beatles – 1963 concert from Swedish TV
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceJe1So7Tos

The Beatles – "Don't Let Me Down" from the Rooftop Concert – a late masterpiece
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCtzkaL2t_Y

The Kinks – "Waterloo Sunset" – British rock's National Anthem
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_MqfF0WBsU

The Kinks – "Waterloo Sunset" – a nice live version from 1973
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cyh__QQD2js

Ray Davies – "Waterloo Sunset" at Glastonbury with full chorus -- 2010
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vRURpe6FXE

Ray Davies – "Waterloo Sunset" at the closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics – (Not seen on US TV. NBC had to cut to commercials.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_HXRl8F6Mk

The Rolling Stones – "Tumbling Dice" – live in Montreux from 1972
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftk32FKD4Io

The Rolling Stones – "Tumbling Dice" – from Wembley, 1990
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tja-4CXlhis

The Faces – "(I Know) I'm Losing You" – live at the BBC, 1971
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrOPJXrUWII

Rod Stewart – "Handbags and Gladrags" -- from MTV Unplugged
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaUlewuC20k

Traffic – "Walking In the Wind" – live 1974, from the Rainbow Theatre, London
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrNxjpzcgFA

The Who – "My Wife" – live from Kilburn, 1977 – with Moon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jP-Rr-qscBU

The Who – "Won't Get Fooled Again" – live from Kilburn, 1977 – with Moon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WX_96uKZ7yQ

 

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