British Drama Film Cromwell
British drama film “Cromwell” released in 1970 is based on the historical events that took place in the 1650s. It is about the life of Oliver Cromwell, one of the political leaders of that time. The story told in the motion picture depicts the conflict between the Parliamentary forces and supporters of King Charles I. Cromwell is presented as a leader who made his path from a God-fearing patriot to the Lord Protector of Great Britain and Ireland for long five years. The film is about personalities, their inner world, beliefs, the struggle for power, and their desire to do the best for the country they serve. Both Kind Charles I and Oliver Cromwell saw the future of Great Britain and Ireland differently in terms of the political structure therefore, the conflict between the Parliament and sovereign king was the inevitable result of the tension within the country in many spheres.
“Cromwell” makes a rather clear historical point – too much power, on one hand, can lead to tyranny and dictatorship. Noteworthy, such state of things does not change in case of any side wins – would it be king, Parliament with one leader, or anybody else. Power is a heavy burden for the strongest so Cromwell, as a patriot and supporter of the Parliamentary monarchy become somewhat of a virtual dictator eventually.
Oliver Cromwell is a controversial figure in Britain’s history. He is praised by some historians (Thomas Carlyle, Samuel Rawson Gardiner, for example) as the hero who had fought for the liberty and prosperity of England. However, other historians like David Hume, for example, evaluate Cromwell’s contribution to the history of Great Britain and Ireland as nothing but dictatorship and genocide of Catholics in Scotland and Ireland. Despite such controversies, according to BBC’s poll conducted in 2002, Cromwell took the honorable place among ten greatest Britons ever. Oliver Cromwell is a significant figure in the history of Great Britain and Ireland.