Not Alec Guiness's best, but interesting story of Maltese people's resistance with help from the British as they successfully stymied the Nazis during WWII. I was not as bothered with the romance in the story, but it does show that the May/September, man/woman relationships in current films is actually not such a new phenomenon after all.
The people of Malta sacrificed to assist the Allies in fighting the German attacks both in the air and at sea. They were bombed heavily during World War !!, yet they remained strong. This is a picture that mixes the actual war footage with the story of the British trying to protect Malta. I admire the film recording the courage of the citizens of Malta.
The battle for Malta would have made an interesting, intriguing movie. Instead Alec Guiness's fine acting is wasted on an unbelievable romance. The story of Malta gets told submerged in personal romance. Unfortunate.
The island of Malta lies in the Mediterranean between Italy and North Africa and the British struggled to control it during WWII so they could attack ships supplying oil to Rommel’s Afrika Corps. The film used WWII archival shots of fighter planes after they were hit and spiraled to the sea plus loads of plane formations in the air. This is an important story of how the British helped the Allies win the war, but the personal romance and drama seemed a bit overwhelmed by ubiquitous archive footage.
Great movie about WWI. We recently went to the Flight Museum near Boeing and saw the "Spitfire". This movie shows the trials and tribulations of battle while numbers are low. The "spitfires" are prominently featured.
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