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A City Reborn
A City Reborn

A City Reborn 1945


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A City Reborn 1945

22 mins United Kingdom Director. John Eldridge

Scripted by poet Dylan Thomas, this affecting docu-drama recalls the incendiary bombing of Coventry on 14 November 1940. The film focusses on reconstruction and morale: we see the city's rebirth through the eyes of a young local couple planning for their future, and an engineer interested in the new housing drive. This is one of several 1940s films introducing cinemagoers to the good old 'prefab'.

Though the city's industrial infrastructure was a key wartime target, the ultimate casualty was its beautiful medieval centre, and most famously the Cathedral, which were almost totally destroyed. This and other raids cost the lives of over 1,200 civilians. So symbolic was the destruction that Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels boasted about plans to "Coventrate" other cities.

Directed by

John Eldridge


James Mckechnie

Bill Owen


Documentary Government sponsored film


Town planning Aftermath of war Hoki-Coki Architecture Bomb damage Spam Prefabs Redevelopment


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