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||IMDB Rating: 6.9/10 from N/A votes
||Release: 12 Feb 1928 /
||Genre: Drama, War
||Director: Walter Summers,
||Stars: Drama, War
||Synopsis: Dramatic reconstruction of two 1914 naval battles off Coronel and the Falkland Islands.The first a defeat of the British by Vice Admiral Maximilian von Spee, the second a retaliation by the British under vice Admiral Sturdee.
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...said Orson Welles of a film set. Walter Summers had a couple of
battleships and several cruisers as bonuses. A restoration of a silent
film depicting these two battles. The ships which played the originals
are named, the human actors are not, which shows their comparative
importance. As far as there is a hero, it is the German Admiral von
Spee, who is shown as knowing his fate almost from the start, but the
film is remarkably fair in its depiction of people. The only comic
aspect- its portrait of the Falklands Defence Force as food for powder
who'll fill a pit as well as better- shifts to recognition that like
Falstaff's men they show a raggle-taggle courage as admirable as it is
absurd. But it is the ships and machinery that dominate the film. There
is an extra-ordinary collage sequence depicting the fitting-out of the
battle-cruisers at Devonport which is a feat of virtuosity worthy of
Eisenstein; there are repeated shots of the engines and the stokers'
feats in getting up steam in H.M.S. Kent's pursuit of the nominally
faster SMS Nurnberg are concentrated on as exercises in co-operative
skill and dedication. The ships themselves- real ships, we are
constantly reminded- shown on the ocean and the pattern of guns across
the screen could come from futurist paintings. Finally, the specially
commissioned score, played, appropriately, by a Royal Marine band, is a
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