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GIRLS LIKE US 36 Candlelight in Algeria UK 1944. Dir George King. With Carla Lehmann, James Mason. 86min. 35mm. U The writing team of Dorothy Hope and Katherine Strueby combined with director King to tell the story of a British agent (Mason) and an American sculptor (Lehmann) combining forces to outwit the Nazis, who are hoping to disrupt a meeting of the Vichy French and the Allies. The Canadian Lehmann was resident in the UK during the war and starred in half a dozen other propaganda films including Cottage to Let (1941). This noirish thriller was handsomely lensed by Otto Heller, who later photographed The Ipcress File (1965). + Women at War (extract) UK 1941. Ed Louise Birt, narrated by Janet Murrow. 9min Made for an American audience, this is edited, narrated and written by three women (including writer Mary Walsh), with no director credited. Tomorrow We Live UK 1943. Dir George King. With Greta Gynt, John Clements. 87min. 35mm. U The US title, At Dawn We Die, is a more apt description of this tale of espionage and French resistance, based on a story by Dorothy Hope and scripted by Katherine Strueby. Gynt plays Marie Duchesne, a role loosely based on real-life Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent Pearl Witherington. Marie leads partisans while wooing the ruthless Nazi occupying commander. + Now It Can Be Told (extract) UK 1946. Dir Teddy Baird. With Jacqueline Nearne. 9min Real-life SOE agent Nearne re-enacts dropping into enemy-held France. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp UK 1943. Dir Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger. With Deborah Kerr, Roger Livesey, Anton Walbrook. 163min. Digital. U Kerr played Livesey’s muse and the object of his obsession in this Technicolor epic. Despite the valuable propaganda message to UK and US audiences, Blimp was almost banned by Churchill at script stage. Powell made the film against MOI advice and his adaptation of the popular comic strip character, depicting the travails of a career soldier out of step with modern warfare, is hailed as a humanist testament and one of the greatest British films ever made. Also available on book online at bfi.org.uk SUN 21 MAY FRI 26 MAY 20:30 NFT2 18:00 NFT2 FRI 19 MAY SAT 27 MAY 20:40 NFT2 20:15 NFT2 WED 10 MAY SUN 14 MAY SAT 20 MAY 17:40 NFT2 15:00 NFT2 20:00 NFT2


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