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Hitchcock at War

Synopsis
Two propaganda films made by Alfred Hitchcock for the Ministry of Information at the Welwyn Studios with French cast and crew. The films were made quickly (both were shot between 20 January and 25 February 1944) and shipped out to a disappointed French distributor, who shelved them at once. No-one was much interested in providing them with subtitles and releasing them in the UK, and most prints disappeared. The British Film Institute retained a copy of each and released them for the first time on video in May 1995.
Part 1: A melodrama about the shifting moralities of the French Resistance. Hitchcock very rightly worried whether, with a murder committed by one of the characters who was supposed to be a hero, it would ever be shown in France. It never was - nor was AVENTURE MALGACHE.
Part 2: a story told in flashback, suggesting that a group of French actors in exile was animated by the same spirit as those underground on home soil.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. b&w. 25, 31 min.
Year of production
1944
Availability
Sale; 1995 sale: £12.99 (inclusive)
Subjects
History; Politics & government
Keywords
French Resistance; Hitchcock, Alfred; propaganda films; World War II

Credits

Director
Alfred Hitchcock

Sections

Title
Bon voyage
Synopsis
Part 1: A melodrama about the shifting moralities of the French Resistance. Hitchcock very rightly worried whether, with a murder committed by one of the characters who was supposed to be a hero, it would ever be shown in France. It never was - nor was AV

Title
Aventure Malgache
Synopsis
Part 2: a story told in flashback, suggesting that a group of French actors in exile was animated by the same spirit as those underground on home soil.

Production Company

Name

Phoenix Films

Notes
Use: Phoenix/BFA/Coronet Educational Media

Sponsor

Name

Ministry of Information

Distributor

Name

BFI Video

Email
video.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
http://www.bfi.org.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7957 8957
Fax
020 7957 8968
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN
 

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