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The daring raid on the great dams of western Germany in May 1943 by RAF Avro Lancasters of 617 Squadron, led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, is one of the best-known stories of the Second World War. In 1955 the raid was immortalised on film by director Michael Anderson in The Dam Busters, starring Michael Redgrave and Richard Todd. It became Britain's top-grossing film of 1955, and in the half-century that has followed, thanks to its almost annual airing on the small screen, The Dam Busters has become a film classic.

Central to the film's appeal are the dramatic flying sequences featuring a handful of Lancaster bombers, meticulously planned and stunningly photographed by Erwin Hillier and Gilbert Taylor. The unsung stars of the film are the RAF aircrew who skillfully flew the venerable Lancasters on camera and who deserve belated recognition for their superb feats of airmanship. At last, the identities of these hitherto anonymous airmen are brought out of the shadows so they can be accorded the recognition that is their due.

Exclusive interviews with the film production team and RAF flying personnel tell the fascinating story of the making of this screen epic. Supported by a stunning selection of more than 100 official film stills and photographs from private collections - many of which are previously unpublished - Filming The Dam Busters is a long overdue tribute to a great British war film, and in particular to the RAF crews who helped make it.

Synopsis:

The daring raid on the great dams of western Germany in May 1943 by RAF Avro Lancasters of 617 Squadron, led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, is one of the best-known stories of the Second World War. In 1955 the raid was immortalised on film by director Michael Anderson in The Dam Busters, starring Michael Redgrave and Richard Todd. It became Britain's top-grossing film of 1955, and in the half-century that has followed, thanks to its almost annual airing on the small screen, The Dam Busters has become a film classic.

Central to the film's appeal are the dramatic flying sequences featuring a handful of Lancaster bombers, meticulously planned and stunningly photographed by Erwin Hillier and Gilbert Taylor. The unsung stars of the film are the RAF aircrew who skillfully flew the venerable Lancasters on camera and who deserve belated recognition for their superb feats of airmanship. At last, the identities of these hitherto anonymous airmen are brought out of the shadows so they can be accorded the recognition that is their due.

Exclusive interviews with the film production team and RAF flying personnel tell the fascinating story of the making of this screen epic. Supported by a stunning selection of more than 100 official film stills and photographs from private collections - many of which are previously unpublished - Filming The Dam Busters is a long overdue tribute to a great British war film, and in particular to the RAF crews who helped make it.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780750937122
Publisher:
The History Press
Subject:
Military - World War II
Foreword:
Todd, Richard
Author:
Falconer, Jonathan
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Publication Date:
20050401
Binding:
HC
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
10.04x10.22x.65 in. 2.07 lbs.

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Filming the Dam Busters
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"Synopsis" by , The daring raid on the great dams of western Germany in May 1943 by RAF Avro Lancasters of 617 Squadron, led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, is one of the best-known stories of the Second World War. In 1955 the raid was immortalised on film by director Michael Anderson in The Dam Busters, starring Michael Redgrave and Richard Todd. It became Britain's top-grossing film of 1955, and in the half-century that has followed, thanks to its almost annual airing on the small screen, The Dam Busters has become a film classic.

Central to the film's appeal are the dramatic flying sequences featuring a handful of Lancaster bombers, meticulously planned and stunningly photographed by Erwin Hillier and Gilbert Taylor. The unsung stars of the film are the RAF aircrew who skillfully flew the venerable Lancasters on camera and who deserve belated recognition for their superb feats of airmanship. At last, the identities of these hitherto anonymous airmen are brought out of the shadows so they can be accorded the recognition that is their due.

Exclusive interviews with the film production team and RAF flying personnel tell the fascinating story of the making of this screen epic. Supported by a stunning selection of more than 100 official film stills and photographs from private collections - many of which are previously unpublished - Filming The Dam Busters is a long overdue tribute to a great British war film, and in particular to the RAF crews who helped make it.

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