Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Paths of Glory...

Neil Alexander's photograph, above, got me thinking about a subject I have always found fascinating, that being the now-departed days of the British Empire. I don't have a poem to share (though there is a poem in the first clip), but here are these two videos (I couldn't find them together) from the end of the Australian movie "Breaker Morant." It is about the sacrifice of two soldiers on trumped-up charges of war crimes. It was done in order to open the door to negotiations for an end to the Boer War. It sounds dry, but it isn't.  --FB




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for One Shoot Sunday

12 comments:

hedgewitch said...

Thanks for the excellent clips-I had to open my bible for the first time in many a year to read Mathew 10:36--"And a man's foes shall be they of his own household." Words that are extremely appropriate today, with so many dying for the empire, far from the petticoats left behind them.

Brian Miller said...

i will have to look up that book, "scape goats of the empire" as i am sure it would gleen much insight from one so involved...

and i loved the lyrics of the song in the back ground...

a bow for the lady...

dustus said...

Looks like a great film—fitting on a day devoted to poetry and shooting so to speak.

Lynn said...

I loved that film and had forgotten about it. Thanks, Shay!

Louise Gallagher said...

Breaker Morant is one of the most heart-breaking movies I've ever watched.

Lolamouse said...

I've never seen the movie but may just have to now.

Sioux said...

This is one of those films I keep meaning to watch, but still have not.

Your post and the two clips have spurred me to make sure I see Breaker Morant soon.

Reflections said...

Definitely one film I will have to check out... thanks for the inspiration.

mac said...

I can only hope I'd ba as brave as Edward Woodwards character in that situation.

HermanTurnip said...

"Don't make a mess of it," indeed. I'm ashamed to admit that I've never heard of this film. Will most definitely be checking it out!

Now...where can I get me one of them swanky helmets?

Daryl said...

Ah the Brits .. all stiff uppers and hot tea ...

Gabriella Moonlight said...

This is a great movie...not dry at all and very interesting as always your posts reflect and introspect me...xo
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