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The other night we watched Downfall. I can’t think what made us, as a family, choose to watch (again) a film about terrible people trapped in a bunker in a capital city, with history closing in, fighting among themselves and drinking like mad while contemplating a stark choice between oblivion or flight.
Our choice of viewing cannot have been influenced by the Brexit crisis in any way at all, whatsoever, no way. Although I must admit that when Sabine Weyand, the EU’s deputy chief negotiator, said very firmly on Tuesday that there would be no more negotiations with the EU – for you, the negotiations are over – the war film that came to mind was Escape to Victory.
In that implausible production, made at the fag end of the British and US fashion for Second World War epics featuring a host of big name actors, and in Escape to Victory footballers, there are sections that are borderline racist. Other parts of the film constitute unquestionably criminal activity in artistic terms too.