By Anthony Hichens
This biography attracts seriously at the own diaries of the topic, Robert Hichens (or 'Hitch' as he was once universally known). The e-book includes special and image money owed of working battles. Tragically 'Hitch' was once killed in motion in April 1943, having refused advertising and a task ashore.
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The reputation of High Noon-it is still widely regarded as one "I" Ihe best Westerns, a film that confers dignity on a low genre by IIl1using into it a seriousness of moral purpose-is very revealing, ;IS regards current attitudes to the Western and to film in general. '('his reputation is my only reason for undertaking a brief (,(Hnparison of the two films: High Noon in itself doesn't offer anything that the critic who regards the cinema as, in its potentialities and to some extent its achievements, the equal ofthe other arts is likely to find worth serious consideration.
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Gunboat Command: The Biography of Lieutenant Commander Robert Hichens DSO* DSC** RNVR by Anthony Hichens