spotCampaigns

spotOrganisations

spotArguments for socialism

spotPeople

spotInternational

spotEvents

spotAround the UK


All keywords


All Arguments for socialism subcategories:

Arguments for socialism

Capitalism

Globalisation Anticapitalism

* Marxism


Marxism keywords:

Anarchists (4)

Aristocracy (3)

Bolsheviks (46)

Bonapartism (1)

Bourgeoisie (10)

Bureaucracy (32)

Commune (9)

Communism (15)

Communist Manifesto (22)

Counter-revolution (30)

Engels (31)

Feudalism (3)

General strike (309)

Insurrection (5)

Jacobins (6)

Lenin (62)

Maoists (5)

Marx (125)

Marxism (101)

Marxist (89)

Materialism (14)

Nobility (2)

Philosophy (11)

Proletariat (5)

Revolution (481)

Russian (149)

Sans-culottes (7)

Soviet Union (24)

Stalinism (50)

Transitional Programme (17)

Trotsky (120)

Trotskyism (37)

Working class (770)

soviet (48)

Marxism


Highlight keywords  |Print this articlePrint this article
From: The Socialist issue 981, 7 February 2018: NHS - build the fightback

Search site for keywords: Cinema - Working class - Tories - Hitler - Films - Film

Film review

Darkest Hour: not the usual flattery of brutal Tory Churchill

Gary Oldman as Churchill in Darkest Hour

Gary Oldman as Churchill in Darkest Hour   (Click to enlarge)

Tim Wall

Watching Gary Oldman as Churchill in 'Darkest Hour' at the Tyneside Cinema, I felt quite emotional. I was angry - if it was left to the Tories in 1940 they would have surrendered to Hitler.

The truth is that it was the working class and poor of each side that did the fighting, including the oppressed peoples of the soon-to-be-former British Empire. In numerical terms, nothing even comes close to the indescribable sacrifices of millions upon millions of Soviet workers.

What part did Churchill, one of the most brutal anti-working class Tories, play in this?

It is clear in Joe Wright's film that Churchill wavers, considering a peace deal with Hitler, and the real heroes were the working class characters: the stenographer, the passengers on the London Underground who Churchill had ignored for most of his political career.

Churchill thought these people were fighting for Empire. But they weren't - they were fighting for a better world where ordinary people could live with dignity, a welfare state and decent living conditions - not a return to Churchill's throwback vision of empire, and the hunger, poverty and lockouts of the 1920s and '30s.

It falls to Gary Oldman, one of the most brilliant working class actors of his generation, to portray Churchill. Beneath Oldman's fantastically crafted piggy Churchill makeup, by the amazing artist Kazuhiro Tsuji, you could still see some of the punk anger of 'Sid and Nancy' and his early films. Robert effing Hardy it ain't.

I was heartened that Darkest Hour was at least not the usual flattering biopic of Churchill. It goes some way to show it was working class pressure that influenced the decision to fight on in 1940 - and just how close the spineless British ruling class was to following its European counterparts in capitulating to fascism.







Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


October 2018

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999