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The Captive Heart
A realistic recreation of life as a prisoner of war in Germany lends credence to this moving account of wartime survival against the odds.
War 1946 100 mins
Director: Basil Dearden
A realistic recreation of life as a prisoner of war in Germany (filmed on location in a genuine POW camp) lends credence to this absorbing account of wartime survival.
Michael Redgrave excels under Basil Dearden’s assured direction as a colonel in the Czech army who, after escaping from a concentration camp, adopts the identity of a dead British officer to fool the Nazis on his tail. But can he maintain this pretence in a British POW camp? Gripping and moving in equal measure.
Drama 2019 169 mins Director: Vaclav Marhoul
Based on Jerzy Kosiński’s 1965 novel and a long time in the making, Václav Marhoul’s extraordinary The Painted Bird finds a lone Jewish boy on a dark odyssey towards home during wartime.
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Romance 1950 99 mins Director: Anthony Bushell
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WWII at the Pictures
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War 1945 76 mins Director: Sidney Gilliat
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Featuring Michael Redgrave
War 1955 92 mins Director: Lewis Gilbert
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Featuring Mervyn Johns
Drama 1954 145 mins Director: Renato Castellani
Laurence Harvey and Susan Shentall are the star-crossed lovers in the ravishingly filmed 1954 adaptation.
Fantasy 1951 87 mins Director: Brian Desmond Hurst
Alastair Sim’s best known performance, as Dickens’ notorious curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge.
Horror 1945 99 mins Director: Alberto Cavalcanti
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Directed by Basil Dearden
Police drama 1949 85 mins Director: Basil Dearden
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Will Hay's third film for Ealing Studios finds the legendary comic parachuted into Nazi Germany when British intelligence discover that he's the spitting image of an enemy master spy
Crime 1950 85 mins Director: Basil Dearden
Earl Cameron plays a naive Jamaican sailor who's dragged into a botched diamond robbery when trying to help a friend.
Fantasy 1945 78 mins Director: Basil Dearden
Long-unavailable Utopian fantasy (or 'socialist propaganda'?) - a true oddity from the wartime Ealing Studios.
Drama 1962 91 mins Director: Basil Dearden
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Mark Cousins’ personal meditation on the power of looking.
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