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The Forgotten: Shangri-La

28 November 2012 7:33 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

After World War Two, just as the Us was getting hot under the collar about imaginary left-wing plots to seduce the nation via hidden messages in the movies, by a remarkable coincidence British cinema was infiltrated by a genuine socialist conspiracy.

Late in the war, as victory began to seem graspable, people started thinking about what kind of United Kingdom they wanted to live in: Winston Churchill may have led the nation through the conflict, but now something different was required. Sir Michael Balcon, head of Ealing Studios, was part of a group of filmmakers and creative types working behind the scenes to prepare the ground for a Labour government and the introduction of socialist programmes like the National Health Service.

Humphrey Jennings' eloquently understated propaganda short A Diary for Timothy looks at a new-born baby and wonders what kind of world he'll grow up in: as critic Raymond Durgnat observed, »

- David Cairns

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On TCM: British Star James Mason

10 August 2012 11:09 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

James Mason movies Turner Classic Movies, Saturday, August 11 (Edt) 6:00 Am Lord Jim (1965). After turning coward, a naval officer tries to redeem himself by helping Asian natives stage a revolution. Director: Richard Brooks. Cast: Peter O’Toole, James Mason, Curt Jurgens. Color, 154 minutes. Letterbox. 8:45 Am Thunder Rock (1942). A disillusioned writer moves into a lighthouse where some ghostly visitors restore his faith. Director: Roy Boulting. Cast: Michael Redgrave, Barbara Mullen, James Mason. Black and white, 107 minutes. 11:00 Am The Seventh Veil (1945). A concert pianist with amnesia fights to regain her memory. Director: Compton Bennett. Cast: James Mason, Ann Todd, [...] »

- Andre Soares

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