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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

Memories of the Royal Naval School, Malta, 1947 - 1978.


Filming The Malta Story 1952

Ħaġar Qim or Mnajdra?
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Ivan   [Nov 05, 2019 at 03:03 PM]
I always thought Alec Guinness was mis-cast in his role as a fighter pilot (far too "wet"!). And this scene of cod archaeology wasn't too convincing either.
admin   [Nov 05, 2019 at 06:49 PM]
Agreed Ivan. I was never happy with Muriel Pavlov and Flora Robson pretending to be Maltese...and as for Nigel Stock well !!! More ham than Sainsbury's.
Ivan   [Nov 06, 2019 at 08:59 AM]
Yes, lots of weaknesses in the film, but the shots of the Spitfires arriving and the Ohio final getting through always bring s tears to my eyes (which I guess is what was intended). There is also a rare shot, used twice, of the Italian bomber Savoia Marchetti Spaviero. Never seen one in flight before. When I was in the Military Bookshop recently taking photos of The Pit entrance I bought a copy of "Air Battle of Malta" (Anthony Rogers). This more than anything else I have seen or read emphasises how desperate was the 1940/42 siege.
admin   [Nov 06, 2019 at 06:57 PM]
Shame no-one has made another film in all this time. Couple of documentaries only, most recent is by James Holland who wrote Fortress Malta.

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