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Hitchcock at War: Aventure Malgache / Bon Voyage [VHS]
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Having just completed work on 'Lifeboat' in Hollywood, Hitchcock returned to the UK keen to contribute to the war effort. He made these two short films for the Ministry of Information, for use solely as propaganda tools for the French Resistance. 'Bon Voyage' is the story of a Scottish RAF air gunner, who has escaped from a German POW camp and made it safely back to Britain. As he tells of his escape through France to a Free French Intelligence Officer his journey is illuminated through flashbacks, which reveal that one of his co-escapees was actually a Gestapo officer. 'Aventure Malgache' opens in a dressing room where the leading players are making-up and discussing their roles. One of them is an elderly lawyer from Madagascar and his role chronicles his evolution into a resistance hero.
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11 October 2001
Format: VHS Tape
In the same way that Cecil B. DeMille made 'The Story of Dr. Wassell' as his contribution towards the war effort, Alfred Hitchcock made two short films for the British government in French. As he was an Englishman directing French actors in French, it is akin to Paul writing his letters in Greek, and then writing two other letters in Norman French even though he is not a French speaker or writer. To be able to direct a film in a language that is not your own shows versatility and a broad base of talent.