Tag: War

Dunkirk | 1958 | John Mills, Richard Attenborough

The British ability to treat the two imposters of success and failure just the same is summed up by Dunkirk, the punishing WWII defeat from which Britain bounced back to enjoy its finest hour. It’s appropriate that the task of recounting this...

The First of the Few | 1942 | Leslie Howard, David Niven

Leslie Howard directed and starred in this slice of feelgood wartime propaganda made in 1942. The film charts the story of the design and development of the classic World War II fighter aircraft, the Supermarine Spitfire, with Howard essaying the...

49th Parallel | 1941 | Leslie Howard, Laurence Olivier,

Laurence Olivier and Leslie Howard star in this surprisingly subtle and undeniably entertaining Second World War propaganda film. Sponsored by the Ministry of Information and 18 months in the making, this is one of the best propaganda films produced...

The Small Back Room | 1949 | David Farrar, Kathleen Byron

Powell and Pressburger’s movies were characterized by masterful collaborators, and this adaptation by Nigel Balchin of his 1943 novel about an embittered scientist was no exception. Less extravagant than some of its predecessors – and...

The Dam Busters | 1955 | Richard Todd, Michael Redgrave

With the war won, the British film industry began the action replays, showing in minute detail how Our Boys gave Jerry a sound thrashing. The exploits of 617 squadron were ripe for such treatment. In one of the most celebrated raids of the war, they...

Went the Day Well? | Ealing 1942 | Leslie Banks, Mervyn Johns

Patriotic World War II thriller based on a discomforting Graham Greene story that asks: what would happen if the Nazis took over a small English village? Went The Day Well? is first and foremost a propaganda piece, a morale boosting piece of German...

The Way Ahead | 1944 | David Niven, Stanley Holloway

Director Carol Reed applies a semi-documentary style to this hugely entertaining World War II drama, set between 1939 and the African campaign of 1943. Eight British civilians from all walks of life are enlisted, and ultimately bond as a military...

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