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  • Published: 15 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9780141987620
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $19.99

'Broadsword Calling Danny Boy'

On Where Eagles Dare




An extremely funny scene-by-scene analysis of the Richard Burton/Clint Eastwood film Where Eagles Dare- published as the film approaches its 50th anniversary.

Where Eagles Dare is both a thrillingly realized Alpine Second World War adventure with tough, compelling acting from its two great stars, Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood, and a flippant travesty, infantilizing the central disaster in Europe's modern history in favour of huge explosions and camp SS officers.

Geoff Dyer has loved Where Eagles Dare since childhood and in 'Broadsword Calling Danny Boy' he twists and turns very entertainingly to both extoll and denigrate the acme of the late 1960s action movie. Like his earlier Zona - on Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker - this is a scene-by-scene reaction to watching the film. The book might have as an ideal reader somebody who has not even seen Where Eagles Dare, but who will enjoy it simply as a comic tour-de-force. But for the film's legions of fans, whose hearts will always belong to Ron Goodwin's theme tune and the opening shots of a snow-camouflaged Junkers Ju-52, this book will be the fulfilment of a dream.

  • Published: 15 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9780141987620
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer was born in Cheltenham in 1958. He is the author of Ways of Telling, a critical study of John Berger, and The Colour of Memory, a novel. He wrote But Beautiful while living in New York.

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