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Wakefield Express (1957)

Documentary about the production of a small town weekly newspaper from reporting to printing





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George Potts ... Narrator (voice)


Documentary about the production of a small town weekly newspaper from reporting to printing

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Release Date:

May 1957 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

L'espresso di Wakefield  »

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Commissioned by the Wakefield Express to commemorate its 100th anniversary, it was shot and completed in 1952, but shelved for years until the third Free Cinema programme, an event held in London in May 1957. See more »

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29 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

Lindsay Anderson's earliest documentaries, Meet the Pioneers and this, reveal, collectively, a complex portrait of the mid-20th century, British working-class.

Meet the Pioneers, was commissioned by the Wakefield Express industrial company in Yorkshire to demonstrate the efficient greatness of its process. But Anderson smuggles in subversively lively depictions of the workers, showing how the subjugated humans were the real personality and power behind the corporate-acknowledged accomplishments.

Wakefield Express was commissioned by the British government to show off the industrial accomplishments of the title-company. This state sanctioned depiction does indeed present the working class as creative, but here, within an ideological abode more openly friendly to the workers, Anderson depicts both that class's best and worst qualities. Not a few of these white workers are attracted to fascist political tendencies.

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