I saw this film when it first came out, probably everytime I have watched it or bits of it I learn something new
Tonight I heard those imortal words from the great Alec Guiness to Col Saito when he is trying to break the wire "Have you got a knife?", Col Saito looks frantically in his pocket to no avail as he has lost it somewhere, forgetting he has rather a large sword on his waist. Never mind I will watch the later version to see what Col Saito did with his knife, those with HD tele can watch again and get a better view.
I liked the film too although I've not watched it for years. For another true account of conditions on the building of that railway I have an old chap up the road from here who was there and survived it. He joined the army as a boy soldier, was sent to Singapore which fell soon after and spent the rest of the war as a prisoner of the Japanese. On one occasion as punishment for a minor misdeed he and a companion were beaten up, thrown into a tiny toilet and left there for 7 days. At the end of the war he returned home a shadow of his former self but, with youth on his side he recovered. The older prisoners used to protect him as best they could with extra bits of food etc. Different world!
My partner's father was there too. The film is not an accurate account as the British POWs took every opportunity to sabotage the bridge during construction. They certainly did not build it with pride. Damage to his knees, due to the living conditions, led to him having to have both legs amputated. Even when he arrived back on British soil, after weeks of good eating on an American ship, he was still severely underweight.
Same Director as Lawrence of Arabia I think. Why dont they make films like those now? octal. Did the Finsbury Park Astoria still have a golfish pond in the foyer,"stars" in the cinema ceiling and an organ coming up from the footlights in your day? I remember seeing Bambi there in about 1942!
was also involved in the building of the bridge and the associated railway line. He survived, but died 29 years ago - possibly related to the torture and depravity he underwent at the hands of his captors.
I have since visited the bridge - or rather its location - and it's little more than a tourist trap nowadays. However, the museum and graveyard is well worth a visit - very moving indeed.
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