'I find the Steve McQueen episode almost unbearable' says feisty daily writer
Hitchens, who doesn't shy away from confronting many if the UK's political issues head-on, was echoing the remarks made by British survivors of the German PoW camps, who thought the cinema version of the film was totally unrealistic. In his piece, Hitchens writes:
'I was pleased to see survivors of the real Great Escape last week booing the silly scenes in the film of that name, in which an invented American roars around absurdly on a Sixties motorbike.
I too find the Steve McQueen episodes almost unbearable. Escaping from German PoW camps was a specially British form of warfare, ingenious, mischievous and often very humorous – while at the same time immensely brave.
And it was taken seriously by the Germans, as they showed by murdering so many of the escapers.
So many perfectly good movies are needlessly made again. But a motorbike-free version of The Great Escape is badly needed.'
Dunno what the problem is - Hollywood is not well known for accurate portrayals of....well, anything, really.
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The thing is no-one remembers anything about the film apart from the motorcycle scene. Historical accuracy be damned, I like the jump, and the way Steve still ends up in the slammer playing with his ball as the titles roll (wonder what the director was saying there? ).
There should be a law against s*ite remakes of classic films (and tunes) anyway. Unless spaceships are involved...
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