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London Can Take It! (1940)

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A tribute to the courage and resiliency of Britons during the darkest days of the London Blitz.

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Quentin Reynolds ...
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Reporter Quentin Reynolds narrates and comments on the fortitude, courage, and perseverance of London civilians during the months of bombing by German air forces in the Second World War. Documentary footage of air-raid shelters, fire brigades, and decimated structures illustrate the plight and the strength of the citizens of London. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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27 December 1940 (Portugal)  »

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Britain Can Take It!  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Included in Warner Home Video's 2007 DVD release of The Fighting 69th (1940). See more »

Quotes

Commentator: [loud explosions of bombs and anti-aircraft are heard on the soundtrack] These are not sound effects. This is the music they play every night in London, the symphony of war.
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Connections

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Symphony No.2: A London Symphony
Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams (as Vaughan Williams)
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Advanced, inspiring & politically influential
25 August 2001 | by (Plymouth, UK) – See all my reviews

Timeless,.impersonal semi-propaganda documentary short marked by advanced editing.

The dispassionately toned narrative by the 'independent' correspondent underlying a poetic cascade of remarks imposed on stirring real footage and sound, makes for an engrossing dive into people like us drawn together by unimaginable circumstance. London Can Take it enjoyed wide distribution in the states and was said to have influenced the United States decision in entering World War II.

My rating, 5 out of 5.


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