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Munich: The Edge of War (2021)

Often viewed with limited hindsight, the reputation of Chamberlain, based on the outcome of the 1938 Munich Agreement with Hitler that occupies so much of our time here, was forever blotted. Robert Harris' novel, from which this was adapted, goes some way to redressing the balance of history from a very British perspective.

With excellent performances and admirable attention to detail, this focuses the story of Hitler's duplicity and the alleged ruination of Chamberlain's political reputation as viewed by some, to a tale of espionage and backroom whispers by individuals who arguably have ideas above their respective stations.

Whilst history does not need repeating here, it is worth mentioning that this version of events, which is only partly biographical, does a somewhat partisan job, as you would expect, given the lack of cinematic sympathisers to be found praising Hitler's decisions.

As the film progresses the tension is more and more palpable, but to tell you why would probably be ruining the story and film for you. The story behind all of the headlines here is what makes the film and it is ripe with skilfully delivered political intrigue which is both intense and gripping.

A definite attempt to focus on the possibility of peace and the lengths Chamberlain was prepared to go to achieve it, even if it ultimately meant ignominy and downfall.

"Hoping is just waiting for someone else to do it. We'd all be much better off without it."

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