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Excellent movie, captures old Fleet Street,
By A Customer
This review is from: Defence Of The Realm [DVD] (DVD)
I recently saw this film again and, yes, it does repay several viewings. And although the cover-up stuff is very contemporary, what struck me this time is how, unintentionally, it captures British journalism as it was before all the papers left Fleet Street. What we see here is a pre-computer world. Journalists do their stories on type-writers, newspaper libraries consist of paper-based clippings and photographs. No computer-aided searches here. Immediately adjacent to the newsroom is the printing plant (these days it would be a remote location and everything would be first generated on computer). We even see a "banging out" ceremony for a retiring printer who, of course, in those days, worked in "hot metal".
By all means see this movie for its plotting, acting and direction, but also get a whiff of Fleet Street as it was not that long ago with its smell of ink, newsprint and alcohol - and before the management consultants and merchant bankers took over the old newspaper buildings.