€25 very well spent
This arrived the other day. I often watch movies while I'm painting, which might seem counter-productive as gifted and talented* though I am, I don't possess a second pair of eyes. I think the trick is to pick films that one has watched many times before and loves. Then you can look up for the good bits and then get back to the matter at hand.
Regular favourites include Zulu, Master & Commander and Khartoum. But I've also been very keen on British war movies of the 1940s and 1950s.
In which we serve
(though once described as "In which we sink", I still love it, well played Captain Coward)
The Battle of the River Plate
The Dam Busters
(once described by my father as
"one man, a ping pong ball and a bucket of water versus the nazis")
The Cruel Sea
(cruel indeed, but gripping)
The Colditz Story
(I went to several boarding summer camps, no wonder this was a favourite)
Ice Cold in Alex
(worth waiting for)
I was Monty's Double
(haven't seen this one)
Went the Day well?
(love this film, which has been described as The Archers meets Straw Dogs)
Cross of Iron (bit of an odd one out here)
The Wooden Horse (haven't seen this one)
They who dare (haven't seen this one)
The Way Ahead (haven't seen this one)
Films that could have been in the collection, but weren't.
The Third Man, Sahara, Bataan, A Matter of Life and Death, The Hill, 633 Squadron, Cockleshell Heroes and Sink the Bismarck!
Is there anything that you would add to the list?
*And did I mention handsome, lissome, strong, funny, brave and with an excellent singing voice? And modest too.