A Canterbury Tale
Powell and Pressburger’s underrated tale of the mysterious ‘glue man’ remains one of their most moving films.
Dir Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
With Sheila Sim, Eric Portman, Dennis Price, Sgt John Sweet
One of Powell and Pressburger’s few box-office flops, this film was unsuccessfully recut and re-released in the USA – though many now claim it to be their masterpiece. Its propaganda element centres on a land girl’s friendship with an American soldier. Casting a non-actor lead (a real hero) is its biggest failing, although his lack of charisma is curiously harmonious with the film’s tempo and Chaucerian view of Britain.
+ Westward Ho!
UK 1940. Dir Thorold Dickinson. 8min
A charming MOI short extolling the virtues of evacuation.
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