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The Girl of the Canal (1945)
"Painted Boats" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  6 October 1947 (USA)
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Drama following the lives of two families living on the colourfully painted canal boats of Britain.

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Drama following the lives of two families living on the colourfully painted canal boats of Britain.

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A new screen star in a romance of the canals

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vivid footage that I have never seen before
12 January 2010 | by (Greenwich - London) – See all my reviews

The brief notes on the DVD sleeve include the word, 'charming' twice and whilst this is appropriate the film is much more. Indeed the 'charming' storyline can be ignored and the beautifully shot film enjoyed as a documentary, albeit with more than a little of the propaganda feel to it. Cinematography is by Douglas Slocombe and most effective with great use made of the lyrical landscapes and cloud peppered skies. Curious time for film-making, during the War and this must have been intended as a morale boost as much as anything. Amazing shots of the canals, including vivid footage that I have never seen before. I'm astonished that this historic document has been so ignored for so long and for anyone interested in a glimpse at what life on the canals was like in the mid 40s, this is invaluable.


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