- Directors: Alberto Cavalcanti
- Region: All Regions
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B005WB5JP8
It's worth watching just to see Dame Thora Hird Take on the SS with a Tommy Gun...they don't make them like this anymore.
The film links well with the Ministry of Information's prerogatives of the time. From 1941 the MoI sought to illustrate the 'people's war', the actions of the population of Britain independent of class, age, gender or regionality (hence a variety of accents within the village) leading to success. That many of the characters make sacrifices emphasises the group heroics the British population are capable of once roused into action. Perhpaps most importantly however, the film sets out to stress the danger of complacency which was thought to be in abundance in Britain at the time. It sought to dispel the myth that invasion would not occur and to invigorate suspicion within the public.
The characteristic violence of the film was a useful mechanism to instill such messages into the public at the time. The close ups of the faces of the villagers when they kill, the slow down of time when Nora (Valerie Taylor) kills Oliver (Leslie Banks) and the murderous actions of the Nazis are all mechanisms designed to cause shock.... Read more ›