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The General Post Office Film Unit Collection Vol.3 - If War Should Come [DVD]
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A selection of restored vintage shorts made for theatrical release, originally produced by the GPO Film Unit shortly before the outbreak of World War II in September 1939. The shorts explain the civil defence precautions to be followed by householders in the event of war and were designed to instil calm and restore confidence at a time of great anxiety and concern.
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Details of how the country's infrastructure would cope, including the upholding of law and order in such terrible times is shown, along with food production and supply, with the lives of the islanders of Eriskey, Guernsey, and Inner Farne also covered, also, a film about the Merchant Ship the SS Ionian is shown, while back home, the Christmas of 1940 also features.
This is just a selection of the subjects covered here.
This is a 2-disc collection of 18 films, running times ranging from 6 to 24 minutes, featuring good picture and sound quality, with English subtitles.
Here is a list of the films with brief details (All films are in black and white, and are shot on 35mm film).
The City - A Film Talk By Sir Charles Bressey (18 mins/1939).
The Islanders (21 mins/1939).
Spare Time (14 mins/1939).
A Midsummer Day's Work (12 mins/1939).
SS Ionian (20 mins/1939).
If War Should Come (9 mins/1939).
The First Days (22 mins/1939).
War Library Items 1, 2 and 3 (10 mins/1939).
Squadron 992 (23 mins/1940).
La Cause Commune (11 mins/1940).
French Communique (16 mins/1940).
The Front Line (6 mins/1940).
Men Of The Lightship (24 mins/1940).
London Can Take It!/Britain Can Take It! (9/8 mins/1940).
Spring Offensive (19 mins/1940).
The Story Of An Air Communique (6 mins/1940).
War And Order (11 mins/1940).
Christmas Under Fire (9 mins/1941).
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It shows the high artistic & technical level of these GPO films, catching the realism of people & situations.
Parts of it are a touch chilling especially when we see the air-raid precautions being set up in London. Within eighteen months, London was ablaze and doubtless all the hard work with preparations helped to a great degree. It is difficult for us to imagine how awful the thought of total war must have been to the civilian population.
When we get to the actual war and in particular the Blitz you can see with great clarity how dreadful it must have been. The two films, "London Can Take it" and "Christmas Under Fire" are astounding. I defy anyone not to shed a little tear at the Christmas one. These two films were made with the intention of showing to an American audience and are written and narrated by eminent US journalist, Quentin Reynolds.
Don't be surprised if some of the footage is familiar to you, this is because a lot of it has been used as stock footage for films and documentaries.
If the history of this contry interests you at all, you have to have this collection or if even you know nothing about the second world war, this is truly worth having. I wholeheartedly recommend it.
I have seen some of the films in the past and am looking forward to viewing them again, I am sure the titles new to me will not disappoint.
For anyone interested in mid-twentieth century British documentary films this is an excellent opportunity to catch up on some rarely seen delights. Highly recommended, good price, fast delivery, no problems.
My only gripe with this series is that since the same films reappear in all the collections, you end up with multiple copies of some items, just to get your hands on something you're really interested in.
FILMS TO THIS COLLECTION
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BRITAINS HISTORY OF THE '30S & 40S
THEN THIS IS A MUST
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very moving in places, especially about the Islanders. Then a massive shock to see my grandpa's ship in dock in Alexandria! So double stars really.Published 12 months ago by Caterina
Shows what brilliant films the gpo unit turned out.Quality good and excellent thick booklet supplied with full details of each film. Recommended.Published on 25 April 2014 by g d evans
Have just reviewed this 10 minutes ago but yet again was told there was a problem with receving the feedback, this arrived within the period stated, and was also a gift which which... Read morePublished on 14 Jan. 2013 by Anne Greig
Wonderful, lovely to be able to go back to days of long ago. Have always wanted a copy of the GPO films after seeing them on daytime TVPublished on 27 Feb. 2012 by Debbiedo