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Rent Ealing Studios Rarities Collection (1936 - 1957)

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Synopsis:
The Ealing Studios Rarities Collection is a series of dvds featuring different classic films from the Ealing Studios collection, some of which have never been shown since their original theatrical release. The series features classics from the 20s and 30s from the acclaimed and classic studio as the series shows the dynamic storytelling of the studio and the many different themes and stories the studio told over its acclaimed career as part of British cinema history during the start of the 20th century.
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Producers:
Basil Dean, Monja Danischewsky, Clifford Taylor, Ray Wyndham, Clayton Hutton, Harcourt Templeman, Hugh Perceval, Leslie Norman, Basil Dearden, Michael Truman, Jack Rix, Basil Humphrys, S.C. Balcon, Eric Donaldson, Curtis Bernhardt, Michael Relph, Ludovico Toeplitz, Michael Balcon, Bray Wyndham, Eugène Tucherer
Voiced By:
Geoffrey Keen, John Williams
Writers:
John Huston, Robert Stevenson, Reginald Purdell, Arnold Ridley, Anthony Kimmins, Basil Dean, Charles Bennett, Monja Danischewsky, Walter Greenwood, Iain MacCormick, James Flood, Gerard Fairlie, Basil Mason, Katherine Strueby, Billie Bristow, Max Catto, Leslie Norman, Harry Watt, Eric Ambler, Donald Bull
Studio:
Network
Genres:
Classics, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Music & Musicals, Romance, Thrillers
Collections:
1949: That Ealing Feeling, A Brief History of Motor Racing Films, Getting to Know..., Getting to Know: Sidney James, Introducing a British Film Family, A Brief History of Film..., The Instant Expert's Guide, The Instant Expert's Guide to Basil Dearden, The Instant Expert's Guide to: Charles Crichton, Top 10 Films By Year, Top 10 Films of 1939

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Shades of Freedom - Ealing Studios Rarities Collection review by CH

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04/02/2022

Basil Dearden was known for addressing social themes. In directing such films, he did not allow thesis to swamp the fact that narrative is essentially provided by well-defined characters. One of his best is Frieda (1947). This opens in war-torn Europe, where in a brief stretch of no man's land in a crumbling city, prisoner-of-war, former schoolmaster David Farrer arrives with the German nurse (Mai Zetterling) who has helped him escape. There they are married in a brief moment before leaping a hay-strewn goods-wagon towards freedom.

With which, the scene cuts to a small town somewhere in the South of England, all single-decker 'buses and well-tended verges. The country is still at war, and word has reached his family, which shares a large house, that he is bringing a wife (having failed a few years earlier to win the woman who chose his brother, a fellow since killed in battle).

This is strong stuff, their stiff upper lips a contrast with talk beside the billiard table in the pub – where, to complicate matters, discussion turns around the suitability of one of the family (a steely Flora Robson) to continue as Parliamentary candidate in the next Election.

No need to anticipate here all the turns taken, including the need for a marriage that will enable the couple to share a bed: the first one was in a Protestant church, and has to be re-done to accommodate her Catholicism, a further element in a fraught situation.

Redemption is indeed the theme of this film, for all concerned, and its deus ex machina (if deus is the word) proves something else. What's more, here is a notable fight scene. All too often in such brawls one can hear the splintering of balsa-wood chairs; this appears so much the real thing that one cannot help but grip one's own more comfortable armchair in a 2022 which is proving equally divided.

The best film in this box, but the others are diverting.

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