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In Which We Live  Being the Story of a Suit Told by Itself
In Which We Live  Being the Story of a Suit Told by Itself

In Which We Live Being the Story of a Suit Told by Itself 1944

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In Which We Live Being the Story of a Suit Told by Itself 1944

13 mins United Kingdom

This wartime appeal to 'make do and mend' is an eccentric delight. It's largely narrated by a nostalgic pinstripe suit, which reflects on key moments in its 14-year life with its wearer, John. From purchase to job interview to wedding to fatherhood, the suit charts the ups and downs with the not-so-careful John - and the tender repairs of his loyal wife, Mary. The suit's noble sacrifice at the end, cut up for a skirt and trousers for Mary and John's two kids, is oddly affecting.

The offbeat approach is typical of director Richard Massingham, peerless genius of the public information film. Massingham frequently starred in his own films, and his expressive, timeworn face would have been familiar to 1940s filmgoers. Here, though, he limits himself to a single, Hitchcock-style, blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo (he's a patron in the pub scene, sat grinning in round spectacles under a stuffed pike).

Genres

Documentary Government sponsored film

Tags

Clothing Propaganda Men World War II

Collection

Public Information Films

Released

1944

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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