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Britain Can Take it - 
      Tony Aldgate
    
      Jeffrey Richards

Britain Can Take it

British Cinema in the Second World War

; Jeffrey Richards

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. Les mer
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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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Forlag: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Innbinding: Paperback
Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 376
ISBN: 9781845114459
Format: 23 x 16 cm
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Acknowledgementsvii
Preface to the New Editionviii




1 British Cinema during the Second World War

1




2 Why We Fight: 49th Parallel

21




3 The Englishman's Englishman: Pimpernel Smith

44




4 Raise a Laugh: Let George Do It

76




5 'Careless Talk Costs Lives': The Next of Kin

96




6 'If the Invader Comes': Went the Day Well?

115




7 Mobilizing the Past: The Young Mr Pitt

138




8 Signs of the Times: Thunder Rock

168




9 Naval Cavalcade: In Which We Serve

187
10 England, Their England: Fires Were Started218
11 The War the Documentarists Won: Western Approaches246
12 Our American Cousins: The Way to the Stars277
13 Women at War: Millions Like Us299
14 Class and Nation: Ships With Wings315
Filmography335
Index343
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).