Two things I noticed from the early minutes.
Firstly, I wonder how many people nowadays recognised the opening music?
It was "Hearts of Oak", a patriotic song from the same era and with the same sea-based outlook as Rule Britannia.
The opening words are "Come cheer up my lads, 'tis to glory we steer", and the verse ends with;
"Hearts of oak are our ships, jolly tars are our men
We always are ready- steady, boys, steady
We'll fight and we'll conquer again and again".
Secondly, nobody editing the film can have noticed how the representative American soldier was being grossly insulting, either to the British or to
the audience in general.
He stuck two fingers up at them!
Obvioulsy he was trying to imitate Churchill's "Victory V" gesture, but he got it the wrong way round (as did Churchill occasionally, embarassing his
"V for victory" was supposed to be done with palm facing outwards, but this man had his palm facing towards himself, turning it into a traditional
English insult. The significance of "sticking up two fingers"- well, let's just say it has the same level of offensiveness as the American "one
finger" gesture, and leave it at that.
The gesture was briefly known as a "Harvey Smith", because a top show-jumper of that name completed a clear round and then made the gessture towards
the judges, to show them what he thought of them (for some reason which I can't remember). They responded by making it a reason for disqualifying
So I can only hope and pray that someone showed that American soldier how to turn his hand round, before he arrived in England and starting waving two
fingers at people in the pubs.
edit on 21-7-2014 by DISRAELI because: (no reason given)