Carve Her Name With Pride

Carve Her Name With Pride

DVD - 2012
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The true story of Resistance fighter Violette Szabo, who was captured by the Gestapo.
Publisher: [Tulsa] : VCI Entertainment, c2012.
Edition: Widescreen.
Branch Call Number: DVD-AD DRAMA CARV
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (114 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.


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Aug 30, 2016

Violette Szabo was a fair English rose who went from being a headstrong war widow and single mother to one of the most celebrated Allied spies during WWII, receiving a posthumous George Cross from the king himself. Unfortunately, although the exploits of the real life Szabo were remarkable, in director Lewis Gilbert’s gushing biopic she is raised to sainthood in a tale of watered down peril where star Virginia McKenna seems to spend more time falling in love with co-star Paul Scofield than actual spying. The Brits display those famous stiff upper lips, the Germans snarl, and Szabo’s heroic last stand is appropriately backlit by sombre clouds pierced through with sunbeams while the strings section goes wild. Nice performances however (McKenna received a BAFTA nomination) and after a meandering start the story takes off at a decent pace.

Oct 10, 2014

"Carve Her Name With Pride" is based on a true story of Violette Bushell. This is not a woman who will be written up in history books, yet she shows how one person can make a difference. She made many sacrifices to assist the French Resistance. World War II had so many stories of people risking their lives in order to disrupt the Nazi occupation. I believe you will be amazed at her courage and proud of her service to her country and the world. Virginia McKenna gives life to Violette Bushell with a great performance. This is a real winner and I feel fortunate to have seen her story.

Jul 27, 2012

highly recommended; if you like this, you may also like BBC series (1980s?) called "Wish me Luck".
I have been inspired to learn more about this little told story.

Dec 03, 2009

Based on a true story, this is a very well done characterization of a courageous woman who sacrificed everything for her country during WW2. I would definitely recommend this dvd to any war buffs or historians.


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