So far this season among the films we've watched was 'The Death of Stalin' starring Michael Palin. This is a political satire which we found quite funny but at the expense of a lot of brutality. 'The Founder' is based on the biography and autobiography of the man who took the McDonald's format and ruthlessly pursued his idea to franchise the chain widely eventually cutting out the original 'McDonald' brothers. This was a great role for Michael Keaton and a wonderful 'look back' to the US fifties and sixties - cars, fashion etc.
Our latest film was 'Another Mother's Son'. This is the harrowing true account of a woman shielding a young escaped Russian prisoner for 2 years in Nazi occupied Jersey. These foreign prisoners of war were imported to the island by the Nazis to do the heavy manual work. The woman was eventually denounced, which meant her whole family were arrested, though the Russian prisoner escaped capture and was successfully hidden elsewhere. Louisa Gold, 'the mother', was deported and died in Ravensbruck at the age of 54, a couple of months before the camp was liberated. Her brother was sent to Belsen and was the only British survivor from there. He subsequently gave valuable testimony in the Luneberg war trials. The young Russian survived the war and lived into his seventies, eventually meeting up in 1995 with Louisa's son at the unveiling in Jersey of a plaque to commemorate his mother. The film was extremely tense and portrayed great courage and self sacrifice by some but great cruelty by the Nazis especially towards their prisoners of war, which was hard to stomach and which, it is hoped was accurately depicted and not overplayed for dramatic effect.