How I Won the War (1967) HD online
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Michael Crawford||-||Lt. Goodbody|
|Jack Hedley||-||Melancholy Musketeer|
|Karl Michael Vogler||-||Odlebog|
|Alexander Knox||-||American General|
|Robert Hardy||-||British General|
|Sheila Hancock||-||Mrs. Clapper's Friend|
|Charles Dyer||-||Happy-Trousered Man|
John Lennon wrote "Strawberry Fields Forever" while shooting this movie in Spain.
This was the first time John Lennon wore his soon-to-be-trademark granny glasses in public.
John Lennon found the Spanish location quite boring, so Ringo Starr flew out to keep him company. However, Lennon also found working on the project a refreshing change from his increasingly arduous and isolated musical career with the Beatles. Namely on set, Lennon was just another cast member, and a relatively minor one, who could interact with others largely as a normal person with the crew. As such, Lennon insisted on attending the production every day even when he was not required on set as a learning experience.
The intended concept of the film was that archival black and white footage of each battle was to be tinted specific colors. The soldiers who died in that battle continue to accompany the unit silently with their uniforms now the color of the battle they died in. However, when the final answer print was sent from the principal lab in England to the labs in Los Angeles subcontracted out to make the release prints, the LA labs assumed that the tinted footage was a mistake, and graded it back to black and white without notifying anyone until the whole batch was struck. The version of the film shown on "Retroplex" from Starz has the battle scenes tinted different colors and the soldiers who die in a battle become that color.
The glasses worn by John Lennon were known as "metal British National Health Service (NHS) style frames". The standard issued eyeglasses were covered by the "free" British health care system. John Lennon was "blind as a bat" claimed fellow Beatle Paul McCartney. While making the movie, he felt a sense of liberation being able to see while not worrying about how he looked in them. The glasses, which at the time were the farthest thing from being fashionable were a keeper. They have now become known as John Lennon glasses and are available in most optical store in the western hemisphere.
John Lennon recorded all post-synchronization work for his character in the film from December 28-29, 1966, at Twickenham Film Studios in London, England.
The making of the film is central to the plot of delightful Spanish comedy by David Trueba "Vivir es facil con los ojos cerrados/Living is easy with eyes closed", 2013.