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Six Minutes to Midnight 2021 Movie Review Poster Trailer Online
Director: Andy Goddard
Writers: Eddie Izzard (story by), Celyn Jones (story by)
Stars: James D’Arcy, Judi Dench, Eddie Izzard
This was a difficult watch since it was so deeply anachronistic, somehow transporting modern values backwards in time. Do the writers of this know anything about attitudes on “races,” extreme politics all over Pre-WWII Europe? Both labor and Tory party leaders were deeply racist. So was FDR for that matter. Same with antisemitism. Those facts are uncomfortable, but they are facts. And the communists ran schooling programs in 1930s UK (and US) as well.
We are talking about pro Stalinist, which is to say enabled by and enabling a totalitarian and murderous regime just as bad as the Nazis. In fact up to 1939 the communists had mass murdered way way more people. The pro-Stalinist communists had legal poltical parties in the UK. The UK communist party, fully aligned with Stalin, had a communist “Children’s movement” summer camps Young Communist League etc.
As a result of this total lack of context there are several scene that just boogle the mind. For example “discovering” the teachings of Nazi propaganda to German kids? Wow. Is that earth shaking or even notable? German kids and a German teacher in the UK before war broke out listening to German state radio news is somehow a shock? In the UK wasn’t illegal to sit and listen to Radio Moscow, and subscribe or read Pravda, what would be different about listening to Radio Berlin. Both spun idiocy from equally vicious regimes.
The film just fails to establish any dramatic or coherent plot.