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A unique Insight into 20th Century Industrial and Social History.
on 21 July 2014
Not a word is spoken, and yet this film manages to convey, in a very evocative way, the essence of the working lives of ordinary British people of each decade of the twentieth century. I think the most remarkable aspect of it is the way it reveals the social and collective spirit of the first few decades of the twentieth century as a major driving force of British society and British Industry. One cannot fail to be moved by the innocence of our hard working and less enlightened ancestors, nor fail to be deeply saddened by the central theme of the slow, but inevitable decline of that society, its industry and its innocence....all brilliantly complimented by the superb music.
And yet, despite the poignant sense of loss that this journey makes us feel, there is another theme of timelessness that the scenes of the sea and lonely coasts symbolise. From the very first scratched, back and white footage of the ocean, of the gulls and of the beaches right up until to the very last colour scenes, the essence of those seascapes remains unchanged. Nature remains unchanged. The gulls still flock, the waves still sweep the coast, and despite the upheavals of industry and society, the human spirit goes on essentially unchanged.