Churchill Didn’t Say That
The King’s Speech is riddled with gross falsifications of history.
Posted Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at 12:20 PM ET
Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter in The King’s Speech The King’s Speech is an extremely well-made film with a seductive human interest plot, very prettily calculated to appeal to the smarter filmgoer and the latent Anglophile. But it perpetrates a gross falsification of history. One of the very few miscast actors—Timothy Spall as a woefully thin pastiche of Winston Churchill—is the exemplar of this bizarre rewriting. He is shown as a consistent friend of the stuttering prince and his loyal princess and as a man generally in favor of a statesmanlike solution to the crisis of the abdication.
Did you know all that? I didn’t, but I did see the movie and liked the story for its non-political reasons.
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