26 Apr 2011

The Great Escape

John Sturges's film The Great Escape was shown on French TV yesterday. Watching it (mainly to see Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Coburn again, and of course for the motorcycle scenes that McQueen stunted himself, together with his mate Budd Ekins), I was often reminded of this brilliant sketch by the British comic pair Armstrong and Miller on the same theme. If you don't already know of this series, you can find it on Youtube. The juxtaposition formed by the scenes, costumes and accents from these RAF types during WWII with contemporary suburban slang talk is a brilliant idea.