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The Spirit of '45 (2013)

A documentary on how the spirit of unity, which buoyed Britain during the war years, carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society.

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Ken Loach

Writer:

Ken Loach
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Cast

Credited cast:
Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage)
Clement Attlee Clement Attlee ... Himself (archive footage)
Tony Benn Tony Benn ... Himself - Labour Minister
Aneurin Bevan Aneurin Bevan ... Himself - Minister of Health (archive footage)
James Meadway James Meadway ... Himself - Senior Economist, National Economists Foundation
Terry Teague Terry Teague ... Himself - Former Dock Shop Steward
George Lansbury George Lansbury ... Himself - Labour Politician (archive footage)
Dai Walters Dai Walters ... Himself - Miner
Margaret Battin Margaret Battin ... Herself - Nurse
Inky Thomson Inky Thomson ... Himself - Miner and NUM Official
Douglas Jay Douglas Jay ... Himself - Personal Assistant to the Prime Minister, 1945 (archive footage)
Harry Keen Harry Keen ... Himself - Consultant Physician (as Professor Harry Keen)
Ray Jackson Ray Jackson ... Himself - Train Driver
Dot Gibson Dot Gibson ... Herself - General Secretary, National Pensioners' Convention
Tony Nelson Tony Nelson ... Himself - Former Dock Shop Steward
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A documentary on how the spirit of unity, which buoyed Britain during the war years, carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

'45 Ruhu See more »

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Dolby Digital
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Another society?
6 October 2013 | by stenssonSee all my reviews

Why did Churchill lose the elections of 1945. Were people simply ungrateful? According to Ken Loach, there were two main reasons. People remembered the misery after WW1 and they had realized that if the state was able to organize the war victory, it should also be able to win victory in peace.

So it came during Clement Attlee; nationalization of health care, of electricity, of the railways, of the coal mines. And at the same time Britain changed into a welfare state.

It's a very effective documentary, but two questions remain unanswered. How was it all financed and why did Churchill come back in 1951? Anyway, it's refreshing to watch how politics once was in charge.


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