Britain Can Take it: British Cinema in the Second World War

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I.B.Tauris, 15 dic 2007 - 350 pagine
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
1
49th Parallel
21
Pimpernel Smith
44
Let George Do It
76
The Next of Kin
96
Went the Day Well?
115
The Young Mr Pitt
138
Thunder Rock
168
Fires Were Started
218
Western Approaches
246
The Way to the Stars
277
Millions Like Us
299
Ships With Wings
315
Filmography
335
Index
343
Copyright

In Which We Serve
187

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Informazioni sull'autore (2007)

Anthony Aldgate is Professor of Film and History, The Open University. His many publications include the TCM British Film Guide to 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning' (forthcoming Tauris 2007). Jeffrey Richards is Professor of Cultural History, Lancaster University. Among his books are 'The Unknown 1930s' and the TCM British Film Guide to 'A Night to Remember' (both Tauris). Together they are joint authors of 'Best of British: Cinema and Society 1930-1970 (Tauris).

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