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The Great War – 50 years on

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Fifty years on from the BBC’s ‘The Great War’ the immediate issue is the choice of voice overs – the choice of the grandest. most pompous and celebrated voices of the age is a statement. We have ‘Sir Ralph Richardson’ doing the voice of ‘Douglas Haig’ – who was, or had been, Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig.

So our ‘ACTORS’ felt themselves better than our leaders in the Great War?

By 1964.

The tone and construction is of its time … which is more 1954 or earlier. It sounds so archaic.

All voices are male.

All voices are male and old.

All voices are voices – not their view, opinion or research, but reading words they have been given by the experts – in this case more male historians managed by male producers.

There is a distinct male tone.

So we never get the view of any woman …

It was, from this perspective, an utterly male world.

 

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