The War in Europe: Movie Review
1. In Which We Serve
This is a World War II British film made in 1942 with the cooperation of the Ministry of Defense. The film was directed by Noel Coward and D avid Lean. It was what was labeled as a patriotic film. The inspiration for the movie came from the adventures of Captain Lord Louis Mountbatten, the commander of the British battle ship HMS Kelly during the battle of Crete where it was sunk by the enemy warships. One of the director’s, Coward composed the music in the movie and simultaneously acting as the lead character Captain E.V. Kinross. Others starring in the movie are John Mills, Bernard Miles, Celia Johnson and Michael Wilding.
The film starts with a portrayal of a British Shipyard and the concurrent narration of a “This is the story of a ship.” The ship depicted in this movie is named the HMS Torrin and is initially shown in a battle engagement against the German warships at the battle of Crete. In the wee hours of the morning the ship is attacked by German war planes and eventually receives a direct hit that sinks it leaving the crew to hurriedly abandon it as it capsizes. The shipmates are on a life boat and begin to narrate their previous ordeals in flashback. The narrations begin with captain Kinross explaining about the commissioning of the sunken warship and the consequent battle at the coast of Norway where a young sailor leaves his duty post and is replaced by a rating when a torpedo hits the ship which has to be taken back for repairs. The captain tells the crew that all men on the ship performed their duties as they should except for one man whom he forgave. The action then returns to the present where the survivors watch as the Torrin sinks and they are attacked by German war planes and some of them are killed. As the German warplanes bombard the towns of Britain, the Torrin is involved in the Dunkirk evacuation. The crew eventually survives the German...