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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:19 am 
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at this point I would love to show the Bren gun scene in Carry on Sergeant, where Bob Monkhouse assembles one from parts in an admirably short time.....unfortunately some bugger has had it pulled because of copywrite wallhead


It's really noticeable in the 50s/60s war movies how familiar most of the actors were with wearing the equipment, handling weapons and behaving like servicemen/women - eg being able to correctly stand to attention, salute etc. Although some are quite cheesey, I like that feel of authenticity. I know 'The Longest Day' has factual errors, but the fact that a lot of the crew had personal involvement in WW2 make it almost have a documentary feel.
Really pees me off that in most modern films, no one seems to care about the correct weapons/uniforms or behaviour. With CGI it's as easy to get the details right rather than wrong. I couldn't make myself watch all of the 2017 version of Dunkirk, whereas the 1958 version, albeit full of 'stiff upper lip' is still worth watching.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:27 pm 
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MrD wrote:
kennyc wrote:
at this point I would love to show the Bren gun scene in Carry on Sergeant, where Bob Monkhouse assembles one from parts in an admirably short time.....unfortunately some bugger has had it pulled because of copywrite wallhead


It's really noticeable in the 50s/60s war movies how familiar most of the actors were with wearing the equipment, handling weapons and behaving like servicemen/women - eg being able to correctly stand to attention, salute etc. Although some are quite cheesey, I like that feel of authenticity. I know 'The Longest Day' has factual errors, but the fact that a lot of the crew had personal involvement in WW2 make it almost have a documentary feel.
Really pees me off that in most modern films, no one seems to care about the correct weapons/uniforms or behaviour. With CGI it's as easy to get the details right rather than wrong. I couldn't make myself watch all of the 2017 version of Dunkirk, whereas the 1958 version, albeit full of 'stiff upper lip' is still worth watching.

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Very true.

I did a bit of extras work on WW2 films 20 odd years, and some of my friends from Living History groups did a lot more than me, and often were in a battle with the film directors/etc about what was correct and what wasn't.
A lot of the time, they simply didn't care, and other times they have employed someone as historical advisor, who actually often didn't know jack and didn't like being told they were wrong by a bunch of extras.
As you say, its for this reasons that 40's/50's era WW2 films are way more authentic in terms of actor behavior and attitude.


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