From the British Film Institute
How I Won the War
Dual Format Edition, you will receive DVD & Blu-Ray editions.
Year: 1967 | Colour | Optional subtitles | Running Time approx: 109 min | DVD and Blu-ray editions
Director: Richard Lester
Cast: Michael Crawford, John Lennon, Roy Kinnear, Lee Montague, Jack MacGowran, Michael Hordern, Jack Hedley, Robert Hardy, Sheila Hancock, Dandy Nichols, John Junkin.
Hapless commander Lieutenant Goodbody (Michael Crawford) enthusiastically leads his troops on the battlefields of World War Two, including the calamitous installation of a cricket pitch behind enemy lines… With John Lennon in his only non-musical screen performance, How I Won the War is a biting satire on war and the war movie, a unique cult comedy.
Animated Genesis (1952, 22 mins) and A Short Vision (1956, 6 mins): stylish, striking outstanding anti-war animations.
Head Rag Hop (1970, 3 mins): bold blues-soundtracked Pop-art abstraction.
Plod (1971, 21 mins): long thought lost, an anti-authoritarian fusion of poetry and pop music shot on the streets of Liverpool, starring The Scaffold. Richard Lester in Conversation with Steven Soderbergh (1995, audio): the director discusses his career in an interview recorded at the NFT.
Feature commentary by Richard Lester authority Neil Sinyard