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Winstanley

  • Drama
  • War
  • 1975
  • Kevin Brownlow
  • 91 mins
  • PG

Summary

Winstanley explores the attempt by Gerrard Winstanley who formed 'The Diggers' and with a group of followers attempted to form a small farming community in one of the first proto-Communist attempts at collective agriculture.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo's second film - their first was the legendary It Happened Here - is set in Cromwellian England and deals with a disparate group of people, united in their disillusion, poverty and landlessness who create a commune and call themselves Diggers. Their leader is Gerrard Winstanley, a man with a utopian dream of social equality. Based on David Caute's novel Comrade Jacob, it fits into the world of 1960s agitprop, riding the anti-everything, drop-out tide of student protest, but Brownlow and Mollo are not firebrand radicals, much less flower-power hippies. They are, first and foremost, serious historians who shot the film for over a year, often in harsh conditions. As a period reconstruction it has few equals - with the possible exception of Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon.

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Credits

Cast

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Gerrard WinstanleyMiles Halliwell
General Lord FairfaxJerome Willis
Tom HaydonTerry Higgins
Will EverardPhil Oliver
Parson John PlattDavid Bramley
Mrs PlattAllison Halliwell
Captain GladmanDawson France

Crew

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DirectorKevin Brownlow
DirectorAndrew Mollo

Details

Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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