Rent GPO: Vol.3: If War Should Come (1941)

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Created in 1933, the GPO Film Unit was one of the most remarkable creative institutions that Britain has produced. A hotbed of energy and talent, it provided a springboard to many of the best-known and critically acclaimed figures in the British Documentary Movement, including Grierson and Wright, alongside innovators and experimentalists such as Lye and McLaren. Their work embraced public information films, drama-documentary, social reportage, animation, advertising, and many points in between. The BFI National Archive, in partnership with Royal Mail, The British Postal Musem and Archive and BT Heritage, has curated and preserved the legendary output of the GPO Film Unit.
This volume covers the period 1939-1941 and sees the Unit at its most technically sophisticated, with directors such as Jennings, Watt and Cavalcanti spearheading the use of documentary film in support of the war effort. Featuring the poetic masterpiece Spare Time and the rousing classics London Can Take It! and Christmas Under Fire, the 18 films in this collection provide a fascinating and poignant insight into a nation on the cusp of war and its transition to the brutal realities of life in the Blitz.
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J.B. Holmes, Alberto Cavalcanti, Alfred Duff-Cooper, Basil Wright, Harry Watt, Charles Hasse
Voiced By:
Laurie Lee, Robin Duff, Jack Livesey, Lionel Gamlin, Robert Newton, Quentin Reynolds, A.G. Street
Narrated By:
Jack Livesey, Laurie Lee, Robin Duff, Lionel Gamlin, Robert Newton, Quentin Reynolds, A.G. Street
Robert Sinclair, W.D.H. McCulloch, David Evans, Hugh Gray, Alan Hodge, A.G. Street, Quentin Reynolds
BFI Video
Anime & Animation, Children & Family, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Music & Musicals, Special Interest
Release Date:
Run Time:
260 minutes
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
B & W
  • Britain Can Take It! (alternative UK version of London Can Take It!)
  • Interview with Pat Jackson
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following Shorts:
- The City (1939)
- The Islanders (1939)
- Spare Time (1939)
- A Midsummer Day's Work (1939)
- S.S. Ionian (193)
- If War Should Come (1939)
- The First Days (1939)
- War Library Items 1, 2 and 3 (1940)
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following Shorts:
- Squadron 992 (1940)
- La Cause Commune (1940)
- French Communique (1940)
- The Front Line (1940)
- Men of the Lightship (1940)
- London Can Take It! (1940)
- Spring Offensive (1940)
- The Story of an Air Communique (1940)
- War and Order (1940)
- Christmas Under Fire (1941)

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