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A Movie Letter from Home

An unusual, poignant piece of wartime correspondence showing how movies can be used to comfort those who are far away.

Training film/TV programme 1943 7 mins Silent


This illustrated letter from a young girl reveals the distance between the memories she recalls in her correspondence and her daily life in wartime Wealdstone. Family and friends still enjoy a day out, but it's not quite the same when loved ones are absent. This unusual film is a poignant insight into the power of capturing the everyday.

Brian Coe, film historian and former curator of the Kodak Museum and the Royal Photographic Society, donated this film to the BFI National Archive.