Britain Can Take it: British Cinema in the Second World War
At the outbreak of the Second World War, all cinemas in Britain were closed. Ten days later, they were opened again as a valuable way of boosting morale and a principal source of recreation for the nation at war. Feature films were not just escapist entertainment; they provided instruction and information, and over the next six years, some 300 feature films and thousands of short films and news reels were produced in what is now seen as British cinema's 'finest hour'. "Britain Can Take It" charts this momentous period through the eyes of thirteen key films. Aldgate and Richards make use of key resources, from scripts and box-office returns to official Home Office documents and censorship archives, to bring these films to vivid life. In telling their stories, the authors also recreate the society, the politics and war-time conditions in which they appeared and flourished. This new edition of "Britain Can Take It" features a new chapter on Launder and Gilliat's 1943 film on women factory workers, "Millions Like Us". It will be welcomed back by film scholars and historians, students and film lovers as essential reading.
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British Cinema during the Second World War
Let George Do It
The Next of Kin
Went the Day Well?
The Young Mr Pitt
In Which We Serve
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49th Parallel actors Admiralty American Army audience Blitz box office Britain British cinema British Film broadcasts C. A. Lejeune Churchill comedy convoy critics Crown Film Unit Daily Dalrymple David December Dickinson director Documentary News Letter dramatic Ealing Studios England English factory feature film fighting File Report film-makers film's Films Division Fires Were Started Gainsborough George German Gilliat Happy Breed Hirth Hitler humour Humphrey Jennings invasion Jack Beddington Jeffrey Richards Johnny July June Kinematograph Weekly Launder Leslie Howard Lion Has Wings London Mass-Observation Michael Balcon Ministry of Information Mol's naval Navy Nazi newsreel Noel Coward November October Orwell Patricia Roc patriotic picture Pimpernel Smith play Policy Committee popular Powell production programme radio raid Rattigan release scenes screen script Second World sequence Serve Ships With Wings shooting shot social Stars story success Technicolor Thunder Rock wartime Western Approaches women wrote Young Mr Pitt
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