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    Does anyone know the poem that was used in this film, it goes along the lines



    "The life that I have, is all that I have

    and the life I give to you.



    The love that I have, is all that I have and

    the love I give to you.



    Anyone know the correct version?

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    sandrose:

    Does anyone know the poem that was used in this film, it goes along the lines



    "The life that I have, is all that I have

    and the life I give to you.



    The love that I have, is all that I have and

    the love I give to you.



    Anyone know the correct version?
    See

    The Life That I Have

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    'Carve Her Name' always seems to appear on Michael Caine filmographys but I have not yet spotted him in the film. Does anyone know if he is actually in it. I have just checked on imdb and they credit him as an extra.

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    Originally posted by noglea@Aug 22 2005, 04:33 PM

    'Carve Her Name' always seems to appear on Michael Caine filmographys but I have not yet spotted him in the film. Does anyone know if he is actually in it. I have just checked on imdb and they credit him as an extra.


    Michael Caine appears briefly as one of the prisoners on the train. As Violette starts to escape he leans forwards and calls out for water.



    It is listed under Trivia for the film.



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    Thanks Steve. I'll check the scene out.

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    I couldn't see Caine in the described scene for Carve Her Name with Pride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesM
    I couldn't see Caine in the described scene for Carve Her Name with Pride.
    Have another look

    When Violette & Denise are about to escape from the train and they hear the men in the barred compartment calling out for water, as Violette turns to look at them the first shot showing the men has one man on our right waving an empty mug. That's Caine



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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Crook
    Have another look

    When Violette & Denise are about to escape from the train and they hear the men in the barred compartment calling out for water, as Violette turns to look at them the first shot showing the men has one man on our right waving an empty mug. That's Caine. Steve




    Here it is, in all its murkiness:







    Apart from the visual—the audio definitely can be identified as Caine—one of the men repeatedly calling for water.

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    Carve Her Name With Pride

    BBC2 Saturday 7th August, 2010 … 2.35-4.30pm




    The life that I have

    Is all that I have,

    And the life that I have

    Is yours.



    The love that I have

    Of the life that I have

    Is yours and yours and yours.



    A sleep I shall have,

    A rest I shall have

    Yet death will be but a pause.



    For the peace of my years

    In the long green grass

    Will be yours and yours and yours



    Virginia McKenna as Violette Szabo with the real Violette top left.



    One of my all-time favourite films … so thrilling, so poignant, so tragic … yet a magnificent tribute to a beautiful, brave young woman and the extraordinary courage of her human spirit …

    ‘To strive, to seek and not to yield …’ Alfred Lord Tennyson … quoted by Captain Scott in 1912 …

    could have been written especially for Violette …

    Emma



    Made by the same team responsible for Reach for the Sky (director Lewis Gilbert and co-writer Vernon Harris) this another well-crafted portrait inspired by extraordinary heroism in the Second World War. Virginia McKenna gives an understated performance as Violette Szabo, a young woman who after her French Officer husband was killed, became a British spy on the continent.

    Radio Times review



    Violette is interrogated and tortured by the Gestapo …

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kNOEDdy5FY



    The Life and Death of the real Violette Szabo …

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbiZyfrILoU



    It is an absolutely extraordinary co-incidence that two of Britain’s greatest heroes of the Second World War shared the same surname … Violette Bushell … and Roger Bushell … ‘Big X’ the leader and organiser of the Great Escape played by Richard Attenborough (Roger Bartlett) in The Great Escape film.



    Violette died on 5th February 1945 aged 23 … Roger died on 29th March, 1944 aged 33 … both were murdered by the Gestapo … both were shot in the back of the neck … it is virtually certain that neither ever knew of each other’s existence and they were probably unrelated … yet both left a remarkable legacy synonymous with true heroism … a legacy of astonishing courageousness, drive, steadfastness, bravery and valour …



    Violette (Bushell) Szabo (codename Louise) was first parachuted into France in April 1944, and undertook a particularly dangerous and sensitive research mission with passion, intelligence and courage. She was twice arrested by the SS, but managed to escape on each occasion.



    Leaving from RAF Tempsford on 7th June, 1944 (D-Day plus 1) …Violette was flown back to Limoges, France for a second, even more hazardous mission. Immediately upon arrival, she coordinated the activities of the local Maquis (led by Jacques Dufour) in sabotaging communication lines during German attempts to stem the Normandy landings.



    She was a passenger in a car that raised the suspicions of German troops at an unexpected road-block that had been set up to find Sturmbannführer Helmut Kämpfe of the Das Reich Division, who had been captured by the local resistance. Her Maquis minders escaped unscathed in the confusion.



    Completely surrounded and totally outnumbered … Violette Sten seized her Sten gun and as much ammunition as she could carry, barricaded herself in part of the house, and, fully exploiting her brilliant sharp-shooting abilities exchanged shot-for-shot with the Germans … and killed or wounded several. Upon escaping from the house … such was her superb athleticism … by constant and furious zig-zag sprinting through woodland countryside she avoided being cornered and fought until she dropped, utterly exhausted … but she still continued the ferocious machine-gun fire-fight.



    Violette was finally captured when she ran out of ammunition, around mid-day on 10 June, 1944, near Salon-la-Tour. Her captors were most likely from the 1st Battalion of the Deutschland Regiment. In R J Minney's biography and book Carve Her Name With Pride (upon which the Lewis Gilbert feature film is based) she is described as putting up incredibly fierce resistance with her Sten gun.



    She was transferred to the custody of the SD in Limoges near Paris, and then transferred to the notorious 84 Avenue Foch, Gestapo Headquarters in Paris, where she was interrogated and tortured, enduring sexual assault, rape and severe beatings. Having endured continuous and horrific tortures, she never by word or deed gave away any of her acquaintances, or told the enemy anything of value. Violette gave a magnificent display of courageous heroism.



    From there, she was moved, first to Fresnes Prison Paris, then in August 1944 to Ravensbrück Concentration Camp, where over 92,000 women died. Two other women members of the SOE - Denise Bloch and Lilian Rolfe were also with Violette at Ravensbrück Concentraion Camp and Konigsburg Labour Camp.



    Violette, Denise (Bloch) and Lilian (Rolfe) went through further interrogations and tortures, and endured dreadful hard labour and malnutrition. Violette was shot last and had the final agony of having to watch her friends murdered in front of her.



    Violette Szabo was executed, murdered by the Gestapo …

    SS Corporal Schenk (in charge of the crematorium) forced Violette to kneel, held her … as SS Schar-Fuhrer (Sergeant) Schulte shot her in the back of the neck with a small calibre gun … on approximately 5th February 1945 and her body disposed of in the crematorium. She was just 23 years old.



    French section agent, Odette Hallowes, was also in the camp with them and gave details to the authorities at the close of the war, said that … ‘Violette was the bravest of us all.’



    Camp Commandant SS SturmbannFuhrer Fritz Suhren read the death sentences ordered by RSHA in Berlin, with Second in Command Schwartzhuber also present. SS Sergeant Zappe guarded the girls whilst this was done.

    SS ScharFuhrer (Sergeant) Schulte (or Schulter) - a block leader from the mens' camp - then shot each girl in the back of the neck as they knelt down with a small calibre gun, as SS Corporal Schenk (in charge of the crematorium) brought them forward and held them.



    Camp doctor SS SturmbannFuhrer Trommer certified the deaths and the clothed bodies were removed singly by internees and immediately cremated.

    Young, Brave and Beautiful … Violette (Bushell) Szabo … 26th June 1921 – 5th February 1945

    Violette was just 23.



    Adapted/edited from sources:

    64-baker-street.org - The Women of the Special Operations Executive - The FANY Agents/VioletteSzabo.org/

    BBC History/Carve Her Name With Pride - RJ Minney/Wikipedia/YouTube/Mrs Emma Peel

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    As the title card of the film says, adapted from the book by RJ Minney.



    I always feel that the most poignant part of that book is how, after describing how the young Violette enjoyed playing with her brothers, that chapter finishes with the stark words.



    More than half of her life was already over



    Steve

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    A marvellous film and a very moving story.

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    I have so much respect for this woman and these people who unselfishly put their lives on the line for our futures.



    Nowadays people treat footballers as being gods - but these are the real heroes (though it would embarrass them to be thought of as such)

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    I thoroughly recommend the wonderful book by Violette's daughter Tania abour her mother's life. It's called Young, Brave and Beautiful. It is more detailed and more personal than R J Minney's original book. It's a whopper of a book but within pages I guarantee you'll be hooked. Don't be put off by the price, I realise it's not cheap, but it's worth every penny.



    The only down side is, it has put me off the film somewhat. I love Virgina McKenna and she was great in the film, but nothing like Violette at all, neither in looks or personalilty.



    The book is available from Tania's website here Website



    Paul

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