Went the Day Well Trailer
Dir. Alberto CalvacantiUK 1942 | Black & white | 92 mins | Drama | WarCast: Leslie Banks, Elizabeth Allen, Frank LawtonCavalcanti's wartime film, based on a story by Graham Greene, still unsettles, even shocks, with its subversive, almost surreal spectacle of a cosy English village under Nazi attack in the Second World War.Disguised as British soldiers, the invading Germans insinuate themselves into a pretty village inhabited by British character players so familiar to wartime audiences that they must have seemed like family members. Always the mischievous foreign observer, Cavalcanti kicks away their usual charm, letting them kill and be killed in a violent battle for their green, pleasant land. Critics' reactions at the time were mixed; but now we can properly relish this visionary film, as jolting and quizzical about British life as anything by Powell and Pressburger. - Geoff Brown. A new restoration by the BFI National Archive.
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