Free lecture by Prof. Ian Christie, in partnership with Gresham College.
World War Two set British filmmakers a challenge: to be relevant and entertaining; to inspire without patronising. Powell and Pressburger brought wit and imagination to their task, questioning what Britain stood for, warts and all. Notoriously, Churchill hated The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. But many ordinary cinemagoers were grateful for The Archers’ poetic patriotism, in this as well as in A Matter of Life and Death. Britishness redefined in the stress of war is the theme of this lecture.
Followed by the screening of The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp at 7.30pm.