My FAVOURITE Home Front WWII movie of all time, is without a moments doubt, Hope and Glory.
A semiautobiographical project by John Boorman about a nine year old boy called Billy as he grows up in London during the blitz of World War 2. For a young boy, this time in history was more of an adventure, a total upheaval of order, restrictions and discipline. The liberating effect of the war on the women left behind. And the joy when Hitler blows up your school.
For me the movie was both wonderfully happy and terribly sad- my guess is this is what life would have been like for those living through the blitz.. it was their reality.
My heart soared and my smile broadened seeing the wonderment of the stranded blimp and then crumpled at the heart wrenching moment when Grace decides to send her children away to the country to ensure their safety- the swings of emotion at the train station affected me profoundly. God how awful those moments must have been..
One of my favourite fun scenes is the German Jam scene (see the beginning of the video above)..
Sarah Miles gave a truly wonderful performance…