This brief documentary-style film presents the status of Great Britain near the end of the Second World War by means of a visual diary for a baby boy born in September, 1944. Narration explains to "Timothy" what his family, his neighbors, and his fellow citizens are going through as the war nears its end, and what problems may remain for new Englishmen like Timothy to solve. Written by
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The film contains an excerpt from Ludwig van Beethoven
's Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, known as "Appassionata", performed by Myra Hess
, after we are shown the wall poster announcing it as "5th Birthday Concert - Tue Oct 10 1 o'clock", one of the many daily concerts the lady pianist gave at The National Gallery, London, beginning the very day WWII was declared. See more
[addressing Tim, 6 months old
Well, dear Tim. That's what has been happening around during your first six months - and you see, it was your only chance that you were safe and sound. Up to now, we've done the talking but before long, you'll sit up and take notice. What'll you going to say over it? And what are going to do? You'll have more grandiose things ahead - unemployment after the war, and then another war, and then more unemployment! Will it be like that again? Are you going ...
is not listed in the written credits, but he does announce his own name ("This is BBC News read by Frederick Allen"). See more
Featured in How We Used to Live
Piano Sonata No.23 in F Minor Opus 57, Appassionata
Performed by Myra Hess
At The National Gallery, London, Tuesday October 10, 1944 See more