Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Musical Yes & Yes: Memorial Day Edition


Yes: “Men of Harlech,” as sung in Zulu, the best kind of war film: a gripping, personality-driven account of the greatness of ordinary men in the crucible of crisis…which reminds us all that war is hell.

Yes: “I Left My Love,” as sung in The Horse Soldiers, where John Ford directed John Wayne as a Union Cavalryman sent behind Confederate lines.

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  1. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron Miller Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    No lyrics to this one, but a moving piece from one of my favorite patriot films. My grandpa had the honor of serving as a tank commander under Patton in North Africa.

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    • June 1, 2010, at 3:37 AM PDT
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  2. Adam Freedman Contributor

    Amen re: Zulu, my favorite film, and a classic of the thin red line genre. All one needs to know about that film, and about the spirit of the Empire, is one short piece of dialogue. As 2,000 Zulus are closing in on 100 Englishmen Sergeant Bourne sternly tells Private Hitch to button up the top button of his tunic: “Do it up!” he says. “Where do you think you are, man?” I don’t know whether anybody ever really spoke that way, but the sad part is that I doubt whether anybody would make a film today in which Sergeant Bourne is an admirable character. Instead, he’d be the bad uptight by-the-book guy, and the hero of the film would be a groovy, unbuttoned guy who discovers that the Zulus are just as worried about global warming as he is. Sigh.

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    • June 1, 2010, at 12:27 PM PDT
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