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An RAF gunner stars in his own biopic in A. L. Kennedy's novel
Steven G. Kellman
by A.L. Kennedy
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If history repeats itself, the second time around, pace Marx, is less likely to be farce than film. Consider the superannuated outlaws and Indian chiefs who showed up as extras in early westerns, placed on the studio payroll to impersonate themselves. Or Josef von Sternberg's 1928 silent gem The Last Command, in which Emil Jannings plays Grand Duke Sergius Alexander Dolgorucki, the commander of all Russian armies, who is forced by the revolution into exile and indigence. The deposed grandee makes his way to Hollywood, where he ends up in front of a camera, playing a czarist general and earning his wages by waging a battle he lost the first time.
Alfred Day, the eponymous protagonist of A. L. Kennedy's fifth novel, recapitulates on film his experiences in a prisoner-of-war camp. A turret gunner in the Royal Air
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