The Charge Of The Light Brigade

  • 1968
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Historical

Though well-researched and thought-provoking, this exquisitely made film is ultimately a disappointing drama of events leading up to the British involvement in the Crimean War. Richardson takes a somewhat absurdist approach as he satirizes the snobbishness of the English upper class and its view of the sport of war. He also exposes the soldiers' blind acceptance...read more

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Though well-researched and thought-provoking, this exquisitely made film is ultimately a disappointing drama of events leading up to the British involvement in the Crimean War. Richardson takes a somewhat absurdist approach as he satirizes the snobbishness of the English upper class and

its view of the sport of war. He also exposes the soldiers' blind acceptance of the demands of their belittling supervisors. Their much vaunted code of honor turns sour in the wake of the humiliating slaughter of England's Light Brigade. The film completely belittles the undeniable courage that

went hand-in-hand with the terrible mistakes it depicts. Dramatic loopholes also diminish the impact of what appears to be intended as a major cinematic statement about war from the 1960s generation.

Nonetheless there are many enjoyable performances, especially those of Gielgud, Hemmings, and Redgrave (the last two previously paired in BLOW UP). Richard Williams provides the clever animation sequences which serve to orient the viewer. Don't look for the spectacular war scenes so sweepingly

portrayed in Curtiz's historically inaccurate but crowdpleasing 1936 version; the battle scenes take second place to revisionist satire and political indictment of 19th-century imperialistic England.

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