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Our Great Ally France 1938-1940

Synopsis
Takes as its theme the question of how France was treated in the newsreels as an ally of Great Britain - during the last year of peace and the first year of World War II, as a potential, then an actual, and finally a failed ally. Ten items have been chosen from the mass of newsreel film dealing with France between September 1938 and July 1940. The first three are from the pre-war period; two from the period from September 1939 to early May 1940 illustrate how film crews and editors coped with the ‘phoney war’ and yet managed confidently to predict different aspects of French military power; and three newsreels following the German offensive of May-June 1940, grappling with the problem of defeat, while maintaining confidence in French courage and determination. Frances’s defeat is shown in the last two pieces.
Series
Archive Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of production
1987
Notes
Restricted use - for use only in purchasing educational institution.
Documentation
Accompanying 44-page booklet.
Subjects
History
Keywords
France; newsreel films; World War II

Online availability

URI
http://bufvc.ac.uk/newsonscreen/filmandthehistorian/consortiumfilms/archiveseries
Price
free to UK HE and FE
Delivery
Streamed

Credits

Writer
Philip Bell; Ralph White

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£60.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
35 minutes
Year
2010

Sponsor

Name

InterUniversity History Film Consortium

Web
http://www.bufvc.ac.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
020 393 1500
Fax
020 393 1555
Address
c/o BUFVC
77 Wells Street
London
W1T 3QJ

Distributor

Name

British Universities Film & Video Council

Email
services@bufvc.ac.uk
Web
http://bufvc.ac.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7393 1503
Fax
020 7393 1555
Address
77 Wells Street
London
W1T 3QJ
Notes
The BUFVC’s distribution library of videos and DVDs includes Samuel Beckett’s EH JOE! starring Patrick Magee, and two series of InterUniversity History Film Consortium films which make extensive use of archive footage. NB The IUHFC films have been digitised for free, online viewing by UK HE institutions - see British Universities Film & Video Council InterUniversity History Film Consortium Films (qv).

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