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The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands


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I've just seen a very positive review of the 1927 film 'The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands' in today's Guardian. It has been restored by the British Film Institute and '...is undoubtedly gung ho, but with spectacular scenes, subtle close-ups and intelligent characterisation; the huge battle sequences mesh with scenes from the home front in both Germany and England. It has enormous confidence and artistry, and the comparison with Sergei Eisenstein is justified'.

4 stars.

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There's an existing thread on this ...

Oops! I did search this section to see if it had already been mentioned but didn't think to check 'Ships'.

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Will definitely keep an eye on this, thanks for the heads up. Chris' uncle was a midshipman on HMS Canopus and we have a couple of letters written to his brother (C's dad) at that time. Do you think it will be released as a DVD?

Cheers

Shirley

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The other thread says it will be.

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Here's what those nice people over at Wki say about it .... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Battles_of_Coronel_and_Falkland_Islands

and here's the BFI take: https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/lff/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=battlesofcoronelandfalklandislands

and from the imdb web site: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0221007/

Amazon don't seem to have it listed, though.

Sounds interesting .... !

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I have was fortunate enough to have sailed the Magellan Straits a few times between 1985-1995, and in doing so could see how the Dresden was able to hide there for three months. That aside, in 1986 over a few Pisco Sours in my first visit to the German Club at Punta Arenas ('Sandy Point', with its memorial to HMS Doterel) I was told quite a few stories of how the people there had supplied the crew of the Dresden with food.

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The British Film Institute is allowing free viewing of the film on their website, UK only, for 24 hours from 11:02 this morning

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For the information of anyone within travelling distance of south-east England........

There is a memorial to the fallen of HMS Kent, from the Battle of the Falkland Islands, in Canterbury Cathedral.

The battle is being marked with a Service of Commemoration on the centenary of the battle, 8th December 2014. All are welcome to attend. It starts at 11am, and will include a wreath laying at the memorial.

Amongst those attending will be the descendants of several of the crew, including the family of the Captain.

There will also be an exhibition of memorabilia associated with the ship and the battle, kindly loaned by the families. It includes the Captain's sword.

This link: http://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/2014/10/27/hms-kent/ will take you to a page on the cathedral website where you can download my booklet on HMS Kent and her part in the battle. It includes some previously unpublished photos.

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The British Film Institute is allowing free viewing of the film on their website, UK only, for 24 hours from 11:02 this morning

Thanks, Paul. I took the opportunity to watch it. Just think - if only von Spee had learnt to jut his lower lip out as far as Fisher and Sturdee he might have won.

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