Did Darkest Hour get much right?

Winston Churchill was a bit different from how Gary Oldman portrayed him, says Churchill biographer Ashley Jackson in BBC Culture’s latest Fact v Fiction video.

One of the major points of contention that many viewers had about the Oscar nominee for best picture Darkest Hour is a scene in which Churchill asks passengers on the Underground in London what they think, as German troops are closing in on British soldiers at Dunkirk, about a negotiated settlement with Nazi Germany to end the United Kingdom’s involvement in World War Two. To the sceptics who hated that scene it was symbolic of how Hollywood so often invents fantastical scenes to give a contrived emotional dimension to key moments in history.

And, as Churchill biographer Ashley Jackson points out, it indeed never happened, of course. Nor was it the only thing the film got wrong about Churchill. Darkest Hour also did get a number of things right, however. To learn more, click the play button above for the video to start.

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