A brilliant epic of British history
- Comrades review by TE
It's a rare privilege to see such committed and uncompromising film-making as this.
Bill Douglas is best known for his landmark 'Trilogy', a series of three brilliant, stark b/w films about his childhood and early adulthood. 'Comrades' is his only other completed work.
'Comrades' is 3 hours long, but it doesn't feel like it. This is in part due to the two-part structure. The first half is set in Tolpuddle in Dorset, and the second half is set in Australia, where the six men were unjustly exiled for attempting to better their working conditions.
The film is historically accurate. The one surprise is the memorable beauty of many of the scenes, a very different aspect to the severity of the 'Trilogy'.
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