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How I Won the War

How I Won the War, a neither admirable nor contemptible altruism about the villains who coin money making war films, has enough material to stock several war films. Basically, it’s the war story of the fictitious 3rd Troop, 4th Musketeers. Among its luminous personnel are a sweating coward digging himself into holes and hiding under pots and pans; a working-class mocker in steel rims played by the Beatles’ John Lennon; a mad clown who prates Falstaffian brain-dulling lingo; and two zombies—a pink and a green man returned from the dead.

The exploits of the boy leader, Michael Crawford, and his dotty Musketeers, dragging a heavy roller across sand dunes, building a cricket pitch, and so on, are hard to follow on screen but funny to recall. The movie starts with a public schoolboy type in a yellow rubber raft, presumably on a night patrol across the Rhine. It is one of the only humanistic

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