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An Airman's Letter to His Mother (1941)

Narrated by John Gielgud, the letter in question appeared in The Times of London, written by a pilot who had been killed in the war.

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Acclaimed short film by 'Michael Powell' based on a letter in The Times of London from a pilot who had since been killed in action. Narrated by John Gielgud, the letter in question had touched a nation's heart and made a popular film subject. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Lettera di un aviatore a sua madre  »

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I wish more propaganda were this short...
1 July 2000 | by (Columbus, OH, USA) – See all my reviews

Powell might have to lay on the pathos, but it is not to this short piece's detriment. Except for the RAF cloud-formation at the end, which is admittedly a bit much, his use of a very sparse cinematic vocabulary (for instance, there are no "performances", per se)can pack a minor punch, making five minutes seem even shorter.


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