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Common Heritage (1940)

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One in the eye for multiculturalism!
19 July 2005 | by (Gibraltar) – See all my reviews

This short WW II propaganda movie was Leslie Howard's first after playing Ashley Wilks in the 1939 blockbuster "Gone with the wind". Although it was made 65 years ago It could have been made 165 years ago as so much has changed in the world. It no doubt was designed to raise moral in Britain, and the popular Howard was the ideal actor to promote this film in other parts of the British empire, in particular the English speaking world and it's former dominions.

The movie centers around Howard who while in a pub comes across three (or four) soldiers each from Australia, South Africa, Canada and the USA. While having a few pints of ale Howard promises to show them around London with particular attention to the London landmarks that all bind them to a common heritage. In other words they are all part of the Anglo-Saxon English speaking world that all share the common goal of liberty and freedom. Today, with multiculturalism we are not so sure, historical landmarks and common history do not bind us together anymore, and if you don't know where you have come from you certainly don't know where you are going.

Today if they were to attempt something similar (under the light of recent events) it would be hosted by some 20 something twit sounding like a presenter from 'Radio one' groomed with the obligatory spiked hair who would be showing a bunch of over seas students (studying on an EU grant) street art in Covent garden, a statue of Nelson Mandela, a rock concert in Hyde park where at the end the would be chants of "give peace a chance", the Notting hill carnival and finally a candle light vigil down at Picadilly circus!


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