Just us. Back in the early Sixties, film- makers and censors thankfully spared us graphic violence. Because we're here, lad. Zulu has the power to grip our attention because it is timeless in theme, look and style — which makes it even more of a surprise that it is half a century old and this month celebrates its 50th birthday. Indifference is the desire to avoid. The Zulus finally withdraw, but not before delivering a haunting song in tribute to the courage of the Britons. It has not dated or tired or lost its potency — which is all the more remarkable given that it is the  product of an era almost unrecognisable now, as the circumstances in which it was made demonstrate. Here's the Tender Coming, the third album by English folk group the Unthanks, and the first under The Unthanks moniker, was released in the United Kingdom on 14 September 2009 and in North America on 23 March 2010. This may seem like it comes from the Dads thread, but it's apropos here. He didn't want players who had bright blue eyes because they couldn't see well in the sun. Best of enemies: Lt Bromhead (Michael Caine) clashes with a Zulu warrior in the 1964 epic, ‘Damn funny,’ is the young British lieutenant’s quizzical remark as he looks towards the empty horizon, ‘like a train in the distance . . .’, Then up goes an anguished cry as the enemy  suddenly materialises in a vast mass on the  surrounding hilltops — ‘Blimey … Zulus … Thousands of ’em …!’, Introducing Michael Caine: The actor, now in his 80s, led an all British cast. Pedants point out that some of the rifles are the wrong vintage or the wrong make. 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Romance can make us blind to all the signs that we're in a bad relationship. I read a history book about the Zulu war that included a chapter about that battle, and ever since I've resented the writer of that movie. Yet Zulu thankfully avoids taking sides in this moral morass. On We Are Who We Are Season 1 Episode 2, Caitlin left the compound and dressed up in baggy clothing, but Fraser continued his pursuit of her. But last Sunday, January 22, marked the 133rd anniversary of the Defense of Rorke's Drift and the … But this was a country whose black population was so held back that those extras had never seen a film, and had no idea what they were being asked to do. It’s giving. A single British redcoat’s sneering remark on screen that ‘they’re savages, aren’t they’ (the actual Victorian view, in all honesty) is rapidly countered with an outpouring of respect for their bravery. Just because we use cheats doesn't mean we're not smart I don't see what anyone can see in anyone else but you You are always tryin' to keep it real I'm in love with how you feel I don't see what anyone can see in anyone else but you We both have shiny, happy fits of rage You want more fans, I want more stage Hey now, the British have historically been perfectly happy to kill you and take your lands even if you. Blacklisted by Hollywood in the Red-baiting Fifties because of alleged communist sympathies, he found refuge in the United Kingdom. Ready, aim, fire! Vernon, New York, under the shadow of Yankee Stadium, 16-year old Lad Handelman left a questionable future in the Bronx to move west and become a … If you’re a leftist, don’t get mad at Rogan because he’s doing well. A bigger discrepancy is the absence of gore. 6. Gauls? The regiment fighting at Rorke’s Drift is described as the South Wales Borders, whereas military historians know it was the 2nd  Warwickshire, which did not become a Welsh regiment until two years after the battle. McMaster is running Tuesday in a primary runoff. We don’t realize our worth. Nobody else. A remake of Zulu today would be drenched in so much blood it might prove unwatchable. But war, we  conclude, is always terrible, an evil — if sometimes a necessary one. I've always divorced the film from history or politics and focused on the core plot: The vastly outnumbered group defending a post against an overwhelming force. Which sounds an awful lot like the Roman Pilum, doesn't it? ‘Why us?’. All posts copyright their original authors. Nobody else.’. To enlighten them, Endfield put on the screening of a Western out there in the remote Drakensberg Mountains. Rate this quote: (0.00 / 0 votes) 90 Views. Nobody else. I love this movie as well, and enjoy the "prequel". In the hundred years since the Victoria Cross was created for valour and extreme courage beyond that normally expected of the British soldier in face of the enemy only 1344 have been awarded. It avoids self-righteous, self-serving politics and pays pure and simple tribute to human endeavour. quonsar II: smock fishpants and the temple of foon. "Don't you throw those bloody spears at me! This year marks the 50th anniversary of the film Zulu, which depicts the Battle of Rorke's Drift in 1879. No wonder this was a film the South African government made sure its black population would never get to see for themselves. ... but we’re not even competing against each other because we’re … I briefly fell in with this group of dudes in high school. What's amazing about the Zulu's militarily at that time was that Shaka came up with the organization and the tactics entirely on his own, without any knowledge of military science from elsewhere in the world. Your self-care is your responsibility, nobody else’s. Meanwhile, in the UK, Zulu opened to considerable acclaim, though its historical imperfections did not go unnoticed. It soars above racial stereotypes. They had booze they had cigs, they had the promise of girls if not any actual girls. His misrepresentations of some of the men are so egregious as to represent libel, were they still around to sue. I don’t think we’re going to need it because it looks like we’re plateauing and maybe even, in many cases, coming down. No one teaches us that the key to sustaining love and happiness isn’t taking. In this respect, it does extremely well, and it's exciting whether it's Brits against Zulus. His is the authentic voice of  soldiering through the centuries — as true today for our troops in Afghanistan as it was for Queen Victoria’s footsoldiers. Elsewhere, Hollywood was insisting on catapulting Americans into our war films. That’s the bulk of what we do, remove images that are re … I need this wedding song that goes like this ..chorus: That was years ago, but we're still here, We've walk side by side together, through the laughter and the tears. They are not triumphant but appalled at the ‘butcher’s yard’ — as Lt Chard (Stanley Baker) puts it — which they have inflicted. Now, get back to your posts! Our review. Fatal stab wounds are like pinpricks. And it’s that mood that sets Zulu apart from run-of-the-mill war films. Cast and crew were warned that having sex with non-whites was illegal and would result in prosecution, imprisonment and a lashing. They’re not going to … andrew miller 21 November 2020 Reply. On our screens, the desperate fight by 140 soldiers to defend Rorke’s Drift, a tiny outpost of Queen Victoria’s empire in the South African  veldt in 1879, was re-enacted in that classic British war film, Zulu. Play it now. The situation looks hopeless, and death — skewered agonisingly in the dust — a certainty. On the face of it, the events at Rorke’s Drift mirrored the white supremacists’ view of the world. Lt. Chard: Colour Sergeant. Yes, somebody may take advantage of your caring nature, but if you lie down to be walked on, you can’t be surprised when people treat you like a doormat. I actually don't remember where the battle took place) used pretty much the same battle chants as the Zulu warriors in this movie. ‘Why does it have to be us?’ he wails. So here we are, caught in our bodies, being judged by our bodies, and we are not that. Men don’t like it because the person they married is gone. If anything, we’re better. Bourne: Right. Filming was on location in a deeply racist South Africa, where apartheid was ruthlessly enforced by a whites-only minority government. Surprisingly perhaps, the South African government showed no qualms at allowing film-makers with such liberal credentials into their own backyard. 9. Everybody has a story, and they’re all fascinating. Pls help. Farm Heroes Saga, the #4 Game on iTunes. The Egyptian theater in LA had a Caine series in the late 90s, he couldn't attend any of the screenings but agreed to be filmed for an interview. Instead, this paragon of British backbone — played incomparably by Nigel Green — says calmly: ‘Because we’re here, lad. Though the outside world voiced disapproval of apartheid, it had not yet made South Africa the pariah state it would soon become, boycotted and out-of-bounds. There was no looking back after that — or, for the squeamish among us, no looking at all. This website exists to break down the barriers between people, to extend a weblog beyond just one person, and to foster discussion among its members. I think it’s amazing that I can do this job. It’s all about stories. I recently re-watched the movie Gladiator, and I was struck how the Barbarians in the beginning (Visigoths? Scott Moore commends it this way: “Whether in the Ottawa Valley of his youth, the ivory towers of Princeton, or a Florentine trattoria, David … I remember being very impressed with the line dancing native girls. The newest title from FPR Books is Real Characters: A Tip of the Hat to Nonconformity by David Lyle Jeffrey. No hint of glory. TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS: It's been obvious for decades now that the Biden family has gotten rich from selling influence abroad. 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Actually, all I know about the practice is that in 1965, as a Trainee Undergoing Recruit Disciple at MCRD San Diego, I started reciting a line from the movie Zulu (an film account of a 1879 battle between 100 British troops … Ridin' Low Lyrics: Here we go again / As I proceed to get my cruise on / You and I alone on our own / As we gon' to the top of the mountain by the water fountain gettin' it on / And we ain't leaving Once again, our blood chilled at the fast-approaching rumble of fists pounding on cowhide shields. It reappears regularly on television, particularly at high days and holidays. Action: The all-British cast was led by the magnificent home-grown talents of Stanley Baker (pictured) and Jack Hawkins. The real Hook’s ageing daughter left the premiere in disgust when she saw her model soldier father’s reputation trashed. If it homed in on the visual horrors of war, it would detract from what one critic called ‘the iconic mix of ripping yarn and derring-do’, the story of Rorke’s Drift, where 11 VCs were won for valour and a timeless legend was born. Despite the terrible bloodshed, there is honour on both sides — and a lump in the throats of those of us watching this masterpiece of British film-making even for the umpteenth time. Re Philip-random's link: I am confusing the Reverend Witt with Padre Smith, who was the one who distributed ammunition during the battle. So I think it’s something we’re very well-suited … They were tough and outsiders and that's how I saw myself. I’ll stick with the classic we know and love — half a century old but still going strong.Zulu is on Channel 4 tomorrow at 1.15pm. More specifically, his favorite scenes are all of the Zulu soldiers'. Published: 19:57 EST, 1 January 2014 | Updated: 00:34 EST, 2 January 2014. MetaFilter is a weblog that anyone can contribute a link or a comment to. I rather liked the interview with the Zulu politician and leader who played Cetshwayo - the interviewer keeps on bringing it back to 'but isn't it awfully racist?' Ultimately, it boils down to the fact that we think others are worth more than us. No thank you. Eleven of these were won by the defenders of the mission station at Rorke's Drift, … It opened at the Plaza in Lower Regent Street, London, on January 22, 1964 — the 85th anniversary of the battle it depicted. Newer », This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments. For 99.99 percent of the people in the world, no one will hear their stories, but they’re just as important as everyone else’s. There are three soldiers who fought at Rorke's Drift in our village cemetary - two were buried in pauper's graves. One private soldier, Henry Hook, is depicted as a malingerer and a drunk who finally comes good and does his duty — a dramatic device invented for the screenplay. There are other errors of detail. It tells us that we can and should loathe war on principle, but still salute those we send to fight on our behalf. Because somebody, if you’re here, you got to like Trump, because we’re working on getting their pensions taken care of, because they were taken advantage of. and the Zulu's just like "nah, it was fine, no bothers, it was just a thing of its time". The moment that, for me, elevates it into a different dimension is when a young British soldier stares open-mouthed at the huge enemy  army encircling Rorke’s Drift. I saw Zulu on its first run when I was nine on a giant screen in the afternoon with my pals. 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The practice of quoting from movies, to make a point to your mates, may have started during the Vietnam War. But Zulu itself stuck resolutely to its historical integrity, one of the last blockbusters of its kind to dare to exclude American stars from what was essentially a British story. This festive season is no exception. 10. Well here it is the first post, and what better day start the blog but on the 22nd of January. Here is the original interview as it ran in aquaCORPS Journal #5 BENT JAN93 Making The Grade: Interview With Commercial Mixed gas Pioneer Lad Handelman Growing up in Mt. They don’t make films like Zulu any more, more’s the pity. This is more than black and white; Southern Africa could have been anyone's; the English made it just over Zulu and Dutch, had Rorke's Drift been different, Africa would be, maybe for the better - then again maybe not. Stanley Baker commands a group of British soldiers. He said he knew he had something special in Derek Jeter because Jeter still hadn't shaved. I started to join the group. The British commandos whose exploits inspired The Guns Of Navarone (1961) somehow needed the help of Gregory Peck, while Steve McQueen and James Garner were incongruous inmates of a British prisoner-of-war camp in The Great Escape (1963). An Open Letter to Shitty Husbands, Vol. It’s the leftist’s demand for ideological uniformity that’s creating his avenue to success by breaking from the pack. Yet the absence of gore, far from diminishing Zulu, adds to its greatness. Richard Burton’s voice thundered out the narration. The  African National Congress was a banned organisation and Nelson Mandela on trial for treason. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with activist Frank Nitty about Friday's March on Washington and the activist's 25-day walk from Milwaukee to get there. As the smoke of guns disperses over the final battle scene, the British soldiers stare in horror at the piled-up bodies of Zulu around their sand-bagged last redoubt. A mask, a bungee jump and Derren Brown: Sherlock fans... Kremlin backed TV network air shocking Obama blackface sketch, We have a vaccine! The lyrics I do know go like this: Takin' a jet ride to paradise, to see my baby, stars so bright, jammin' to the beat, Bermuda time" I hear it often in early 2000's. It doesn’t play on manufactured guilt, or lecture and hector us from some anachronistic ethical high ground. The Zulus are presented as a disciplined, proud and honourable people, of equal worth, not the sub-species that apartheid ideology reduced them to. The outcome never changes, but its impact is never dulled as wave after wave of black warriors heroically hurl themselves at barricades manned just as heroically by white men in scarlet tunics and gleaming white pith helmets. His 27 years in prison had just begun. That Rogan is ahead of the pack isn’t surprising. On the double! Thus, the Labour-supporting actor Baker and Left-leaning fellow producer Endfield were not deterred from filming there — though they chafed at the racist rules they found imposed on them when they arrived. End of the film. Zulu has the power to grip our attention because it is timeless in theme, look and style - which makes it even more of a surprise that it is half a century old. A few years after Zulu, this restraint came off when Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch (1969) deliberately introduced more realism into cinematic slaughter. Lt Bromhead (Caine) tends to an injured Lt Chard (Stanley Baker) in another memorable scene. Nobody else. I guess I am getting forgetful in my old age. The battle is re-fought like no other single incident in Britain’s imperial history. Because we're here, lad. Today it is still as fresh as it was for that premiere audience, its wide-screen images of the majestic South African landscape as stunning as ever, its action-packed fight scenes compelling, its human drama absorbing. Even if we don’t find the victim, we’re removing hundreds, if not thousands, of images that would otherwise still be online. Colour Sgt. Just us. « Older Far beyond "every good boy does fine"   |   What to read when pressed for time. Just us." The idea that one day he would be his country’s leader and the world’s inspiration was unthinkable. I signed an order to restore the pensions and healthcare benefits promise to workers in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Michigan. The Zulus’ final haunting song saluting ‘fellow braves’ did not  happen, any more than a stirring rendition of Men Of Harlech sounded out in wonderful Welsh baritones from the barricades. The British retreated in disarray, and the victorious Zulus marched forward to menace the borders of British South Africa, only to be stopped heroically at Rorke’s Drift. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. That it’s actually for the person we’re marrying. One of the many memorable battle scenes as the hopelessly outnumbered British take on wave after wave of Zulu warriors. Join 6,459 readers in helping fund MetaFilter. Even Zulu Dawn, Zulu’s 1979 successor about another battle on the eve of Rorke’s Drift, found a  top-of-the-bill role for an imported Burt Lancaster. “Win, lose or draw in that court,” Cawston continued, “it doesn’t matter. Nobody else. Following on from the posting of the main part of the Zulu army painted up so far (I managed to find a few more in another box that I had missed) its time I posted the British painted so far. In a pandemic, we’re almost even with where we were before the pandemic started, and nobody would have said that was possible — nobody at all. Translation Find a translation for this quote in other languages: Select another language: - Select - I love the film because it allows a white, British, upper-middle class man like me to be a hero, for once in a movie (after 1940, and not written by Shakespeare...). A typical weblog is one person posting their thoughts on the unique things they find on the web. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. Yes, there were riots, yes there were riots all over the place they were hiding it from the American public and they had to admit it and now we're in the 2020 election cycle here … Mr Hall's book, Zulu: With Some Guts Behind it, has been out of print for ages and fetches in three figures. He said he was the only one to wear his pith helmet properly to shade his eyes, though it obscured his face. The defenders — outnumbered by more than 25 to one against 4,000 Zulus — fall back, regroup, hold their ground, fight their attackers hand-to-hand to a standstill, and win the day, but only just. "Because we're here, lad. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the film, This is one of my father's favorite movies - but he digs the Zulu warriors rather than the English. I suspect a modern version would torture itself (and its viewers) with political correctness and overload it (and us) with battlefield bloodletting and special effects, all in 3D, in-your-face  technology and ear-splitting  multi-channel sound. But, please, movie-makers, don’t try to update it. ‘It is war without the nasty bits,’ wrote one military specialist. Please find it for me. He leads them in song to praise the fallen dead. My family fought in the South African wars (and later against the Irish in Ireland). No one or nobody: Nobody or no one both are generic pronouns that do not refer to any sex specifically. Amazingly, the film he co-produced with its lead actor, Baker, manages to remain neutral about Britain’s much-maligned imperial heritage. Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe de Neuville (1835–1885) I am not sure how it escaped me. I seriously thought the anniversary was January 29th. It would get worse, with whole episodes of Britain’s wars regularly hijacked and Americanised in a way that left British viewers grumbling into their beer about blatant  misportrayals of our past. October 23, 2014 7:17 PM Subscribe. Fear means not knowing how to approach something of interest. 'There’s nobody else really growing oysters on the east coast of Florida,' says owner. The cobwebs show only in the opening credit that reads: ‘And introducing Michael Caine.’. Just us." ", Slightly breathless but interesting (so far, I'm only ten minutes in) documentary about history of and battlefield archaeology at. 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What happened yes in the beginning it seemed like wow are we crazy, are we just seeing something else that nobody else is seeing and then it turned out later on that. Everyone would agree that at the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) we’re doing important work every day. They have the same definition but ‘no one’ is mostly utilized in formal writing, for example: professional and academic language. Because we're here, lad. No pleasure in killing. He is in his 80s now, with more than 100 films to his credit, but Zulu remains among his most memorable (even if his role as a toff officer was a far cry from the Cockney Jack-the-lad he proved better suited to). It is difficult to accept the fact that the loves of our lives can also possess awful, sometimes dangerous qualities. and you stood by me through changes,and you have never left me alone, we've seen good and bad years,but we're still here. 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