Operation Mincemeat was a successful British deception operation of the Second World War to disguise the 1943 Allied invasion of Sicily. Two members of British intelligence obtained the body of a tramp, dressed him as an officer of the Royal Marines and placed personal items on him identifying him as a fictitious Captain. Correspondence between two British generals which suggested that the Allies planned to invade Greece and Sardinia, with Sicily as merely the target of a feint, was placed on the body. Consequently German reinforcements were shifted to Greece and Sardinia before the invasion of Sicily.
This was a marvellous piece of history. In general it was close to accurate. There were a couple of characters that were introduced that were not part of the actual history. These provided some extra tension opportunities, including one to provide some romantic tension.
We found it a good production with complex relationships. Tensions between the various characters and around the issues that needed resolution were well handled. All the main characters were well played, and even the more minor characters fitted well into the story. Favourite scenes were towards the end. One of these was the waiting to hear whether the Sicily landing was successful with the Germans believing the plan had been to invade Greece instead. And the final scene rounded the film well with the two main characters (played by Colin Firth and Matthew MacFadyen) having resolved the tensions between them.
Generally the class found this a good story with ratings between 3.5/5 and 4/5.
Our next film class is on 10 August. We will be discussing the film To Olivia (the story of the relationship between Roald Dahl and Patricia Neal) and possibly Mothering Sunday (based on a book by Graham Swift).