Larry P. Arnn Reviews Darkest Hour

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During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faced its darkest hour as the threat of invasion loomed. With the Allied forces trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hinged on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Golden Globe Best Actor Gary Oldman). Churchill faced the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler or muster the British people to fight against unthinkable odds. Directed by Joe Wright, Darkest Hour is the dramatic and inspiring story of four weeks in 1940, during which Churchill’s leadership rallied his countrymen against Nazi Germany.

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Gary Oldman visits Hillsdale College

On December 15, Hillsdale College hosted a special screening of Darkest Hour for over 800 guests. The following day, Dr. Arnn was joined on stage by Gary Oldman and producer Douglas Urbanski for an 80-minute panel discussion. The three men talked about Gary Oldman’s preparation for the role of playing Winston Churchill, the significance of Churchill's actions in May 1940, and why a modern audience should watch this film.

The study of statesmanship is central to the teaching mission of Hillsdale College, and the classics teach that the art of statesmanship can be best understood by studying those who have a reputation for it.

Churchill’s career presents an unsurpassed opportunity for the study of statesmanship, for he faced the great crises of the twentieth century and left behind one of the richest records of human undertaking.

Hillsdale College will promote a proper account of this record by combining the College’s educational expertise with its work both as publisher of Churchill’s Official Biography and as the repository of the Martin Gilbert papers.

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Larry P. Arnn

Larry P. Arnn is twelfth president of Hillsdale College. While studying in England from 1977 to 1980, he served as director of research for Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill. He has studied and taught Churchill without interruption for four decades, including a seminar course for undergraduate and graduate students at Hillsdale College on Churchill’s statesmanship. In 2012, he assumed responsibility for editing the final six document volumes of the official biography of Winston Churchill due to Martin Gilbert’s declining health. Dr. Arnn is the author of several books, including Churchill’s Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government.

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