FEATURES: RETURNING TO BATTLE OF BRITAIN

Battle of Britain original one sheet theatrical poster

Battle of Britain original one sheet theatrical poster

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“God’s teeth! Take cover! Group Captain Baker

16th September marks the 50th anniversary of the British screen classic, Battle of Britain (1969), directed by Guy Hamilton and produced by Harry Saltzman.

Though Kenny’s performance as Group Captain Baker in Battle of Britain was a mere cameo, it should by no means be disregarded in terms of its importance in his career. This big budget epic featured most of the best british talent of the day, from emerging actors to well established and highly regarded performers.

Kenny’s portrayal as Douglas Bader in Reach for the Sky made him an obvious choice to feature in Battle of Britain, but by now of course he was too old to play a pilot. Most who fought in the actual aerial battle were in their early twenties.

Battle of Britain also gave Kenny the chance to work alongside Susanna York again, having previously acted together in Lewis Gilbert’s The Greengage of Summer (1961).

The film may suffer from too many inconsistencies with costume design, hair and makeup of the period (the swinging sixties being far too evident), but this doesn’t take away from an expertly crafted film; from casting to direction, and its soundtrack. The Blu-ray release of the Battle of Britain gives us the very best medium to revisit this screen classic.

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