Sunday, November 24, 2013

Richard Toye's "Churchill's Empire," the movie

Now showing at My Book, The Movie: Churchill's Empire: The World that Made Him and the World He Made by Richard Toye.

The author's explanation of how he would turn book into film begins:
I would have Emma Watson (of Harry Potter fame) play Bella and Philip Seymour Hoffman play Churchill.

Churchill's Empire

His greatest triumph was also his greatest tragedy.

Winston Churchill – a man of greatness who outlived his era. He vowed that he had ‘not become the King’s First Minister to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire’. But it was on his watch that the imperial house of cards began its collapse. This film focuses on three crucial years, from the humiliation of the fall of Singapore in 1942, to Churchill’s dismissal by the British voters in 1945. It shows how a great power was humbled even as it achieved military victory over the forces of the Axis. And it shows the personal torment of an imperial hero as his beloved Empire crumbled to the ground. After the adulation of the crowds on VE Day cruelly followed by a crushing election defeat, he is caught by the ‘black dog’ of...[read on]
Richard Toye studied at the Universities of Birmingham and Cambridge, and is currently Professor of Modern History at the University of Exeter. His other books include Lloyd George and Churchill: Rivals for GreatnessRhetoric: A Very Short Introduction, and The Roar of the Lion: The Untold Story of Churchill's World War II Speeches.

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My Book, The Movie: Churchill's Empire.

--Marshal Zeringue