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How I Won the War

Synopsis
Lieutenant Goodbody enthusiastically leads his troops in a series of dreadful debacles on the battlefields of the Second World War, before receiving orders to install a cricket pitch behind enemy lines. A biting satire on the madness of war and a merciless lampoon of the popular war-movie genre. Surreal, farcical, strange and fantastically infused with life by Richard Lester’s sharp and stylish direction.
Special features:
-Animated Genesis (1952, 22 mins) and A Short Vision (1956, 7 mins): stylish, striking, outstanding anti-war animations.
-Head Rag Hop (1970, 3 mins): bold jazz-soundtracked Pop-art abstraction
- Plod (1971, 21 mins): long thought lost, this absurdist anti-authoritarian fusion of poetry and pop music was shot on the streets of Liverpool, and stars supreme sound-satirists The Scaffold
-Trailers From Hell: Allan Arkush on THE KNACK...and how to get it (1965/2014, 4 mins) and John Landis on The Bed Sitting Room (1969/2014, 4 mins)
-Richard Lester in Conversation with Steven Soderbergh (1999, 88 mins, audio only): the director discusses his career in an interview recorded at the NFT
-New feature commentary by Richard Lester authority Neil Sinyard
-Illustrated booklet with two new essays, film credits and notes on all the extras (first pressing only)
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of production
1967
Notes
Dual format (DVD and Blu-ray versions).
Subjects
Film studies; History
Keywords
British cinema; pacifism; war films

Credits

Director
Richard Lester
Contributor
John Lennon

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
PAL
Price
£19.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
111 minutes
Year
2019

Distributor

Name

BFI Video

Email
video.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7957 8957
Fax
020 7957 8968
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
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