The Anonymous Widower

The Battles Of Coronel And The Falkland Islands

Thebattles of Coronel and the Falkland Islamds were fought between the Royal and German Navies in the First World War. In 1927 a silent black and white drama/documentary was made telling the story of both battles called the Battles of Coronel and the Falkland Islands.

The British Film Institute have restored the film and on Friday, I went to see it at BFI Southbank.

It is a superb restoration to which has been  added a modern score. Usually, when films of this age are restored you see the odd bit of blankness on the screen. But not with this film!

The film is also unusual in that no actors are given any credits, but the Royal Navy ships, who played the actual combatants in both navies are named.

It is a serious reconstruction of the battles, but it is not without dramatic and comic moments.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and it reminded me of when at about eleven or so, I saw the Powell and Pressburger film; The Battle of the River Plate, made about the battle in December 1939. I had seen the film in the Rex cinema in Station Road, Wood Green, which was close to my father’s print works.

It would be interesting to see that again to compare it with the earlier one. Both were made with real warships!

 

If you want to see the film, but can’t get to a screening it is available for download on the BFI Player.

November 2, 2014 - Posted by | World | , ,

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