Sunday, 10 April 2011

Powell and Pressburger’s ‘Ill Met By Moonlight’



Above is the 1957 British film, Ill Met By Moonlight, based on the book of the same name by W. Stanley Moss, which recounts the kidnap in 1944 of the senior German commander in Nazi-occupied Crete, General Heinrich Kreipe, by British SOE officers and Cretan resistance fighters. Moss was one of the British officers involved in the kidnap, another was Patrick Leigh Fermor, who in the 1930s was part of the Katsimbalis circle and, after the war, wrote extensively about Greece, particularly the Mani, where Leigh Fermor settled and continues to live. The film is disappointing – somewhat flippant and also patronising in its portrayal of the Cretans – even  more so when you consider that it was made by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, who together were responsible for a series of films in the 1940s and 1950s which are the finest in British cinema. The film does have a good score from Mikis Theodorakis.

3 comments:

Hermes said...

Ofcourse, watching this movie should not in any way be seen as history. Of all the European people, the English have the greatest propensity for lies. The Cretans and the Cretan Resistance was sophisticated and purposeful. Compare to the clumsy, almost Micky Mouse-like, French resistance. And only in Greece did the organised resistance begin immedietly whereas in the rest of Western Europe they usually took over 12 months.

By the way here is a good interview of Anna Marangou on Greek Australian radio this morning talking about her book, "The Destruction of Religious Monuments by the Turkish Army in the Occupied Part of Cyprus". Go to the 35th minute for the interview. What struck me was when she mentioned that the whole world was shocked when the Taliban blew up the Bamiyan Buddha statues in Afghanistan but they should equally be shocked by the Turk's destruction of monuments in Occupied Cyprus.

http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/greek/

John Akritas said...

It's a good point about the Taliban; I guess our 'European partners' aren't that bothered because they don't see and haven't seen for a thousand years Greeks or Greek Orthodoxy as being part of the European mainstream. Greek Orthodoxy is 'other'. I don't think the Serbs would have been bombed if they'd be Catholics.

lastgreek said...

By the way here is a good interview of Anna Marangou on Greek Australian radio this morning talking about her book, "The Destruction of Religious Monuments by the Turkish Army in the Occupied Part of Cyprus".

Who the hell do you think you are Hermes to dredge up the crimes of the Turkish state? Were you not brought up to forgive and forget, no matter how heinous or unforgivable the acts?

Grow up. Lose those silly, outdated concepts of morality and justice. Be more like the Greek government or the National Bank of Greece: Extend a loving hand to the Turks. You can't hold a grudge forever, can you? ;-)