This is Sir Richard Attenborough's directorial debut.
The film is based on the original musical by Joan Littlewood, which premiered in her theater workshop in 1963. The names of the musical and the film come from the famous Oh! What a Lovely War song in England. The musical used many songs of the First World War, mainly of satirical and anti-war content, which soldiers loved to sing in the trenches.
The film begins very optimistically, as they like to start wars - “Here, here, in a month we will win, and the war will be over!” And gradually, with each new year of war, the tone of the film becomes darker and darker ...
The war is shown in the story of an English Smith family. This is the story of a whole generation of English youth warped. It is also the history of the class of English society, which this war has greatly shaken, blurring the differences.
And this is a very witty, but far from the most fun musical in the world. Do you want a funny musical about such a terrible war? This is primarily an anti-war film.