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COI Vol 3: They Stand Ready
The Central Office of Information (COI) was established in 1946 and has produced thousands of films that reflect the changing face of a nation, and world, in flux. The third volume in the BFI s COI Collection, They Stand Ready, targets Britain s armed forces and paints a positive picture of life in the Services through morale boosting documentaries, propaganda items and numerous recruitment films.
Highlights include: Victory Parade (1946), troops from all over the British Empire arrive in London to celebrate victory over the Nazis; Suez in Perspective (1957), the Suez Crisis is given a positive spin; Routine Adventure (1965) and Tornado (1985), big boys toys on the high seas and in the skies. An accompanying booklet provides comprehensive notes and essays from academics and film historians.