London Can Take It!

Code: SH1810

£14.95

107 mins.

A superb collection of wartime films recording and celebrating life on the Home Front during the Blitz and after. It includes the famous film London Can Take It, produced to make Americans aware of the Blitz, a film account of London under fire at Christmas 1940, a record of the battle against the V-1, a record of the first days of war in London, portraits of Londoners during the Blitz and more.

Full description from the producer:

Seven wartime films from the Imperial War Museum’s archives taking a look at life in London during the start of the war, through the Blitz and the V-Bomb menace.

LONDON CAN TAKE IT! (1940)This applauded film, co-directed by Humphrey Jennings, was aimed at American audiences, with reporter Quentin Reynolds applauding the courage and resilience of Londoners during the Blitz.

THE FIRST DAYS (1939)A quiet portrait of London in the first days after war had been declared, awaiting the inevitable onslaught.

NEIGHBOURS UNDER FIRE (1940) – This inspiriational short film, shows Londoners rallying around to help one another during the fury of the Blitz, when in just one night alone, 1200 people suddenly found themselves homeless.

CHRISTMAS UNDER FIRE (1941) – A moving and vivid portrait of Christmas 1940, when Londoners swapped the intimacy of the fireside for shelter in the capital’s tube stations.

ORDINARY PEOPLE (1942) – A day in the life of ordinary Londoners, trying to get on with their lives and contribute to the war effort and waiting for the seemingly inevitable air raid sirens to sound again.

LONDON SCRAPBOOK (1942) – Bessie Love, Basil Radford Leslie Mitchell star in this vivid portrait of London at war, intended for American audiences to help them appreciate the experience of living in a war-torn city.

SECOND BATTLE OF LONDON (1944) – A tribute to the work of Anti-Aircraft Command under General Sir Frederick Pile in defending London against waves of German V-1 Flying Bombs.

BONUS FEATURE: MANCHESTER TOOK IT TOO (1941) – A short film showing the bomb damage to Manchester caused by the German air raids of 22 and 23 December 1940, produced by the Manchester Co-op to show that other cities apart

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