For this class, given it was two months since we had met, we looked at all the films from the beginning of January. There were a few films that stood out and had been seen by more than one member of the class.
One Life: This was the inspiring true story of how Sir Nicholas ’Nicky’ Winton (played by Anthony Hopkins) on the eve of World War II saved nearly 700 children from their doom. He was haunted by the 250 children he was not able to save when war was declared. An excellent and uplifting film with a strong performance by Anthony Hopkins and Johnny Flynn who played the young Nicholas Winton. We rated it as 4.5/5.
Boys in the Boat: This is another film based on a true event. It is set during the depression era and leading up to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Washington University’s junior rowing team is brought together including some students who are provided with accommodation and money to pay their fees. The team works so well they are selected for competition ahead of the senior team, winning a place in the Olympics where they won beating the German team (Hitler was not pleased).