A Mirror for Britain? Reflections on the Ealing Films
These included not only the much-loved comedies, such as 'Kind Hearts and Coronets' and 'The Ladykillers', but also the wartime propaganda film 'Went the Day Well?' and the horror anthology 'Dead of Night'. But did they really reflect Britain or were they rather how the British people wanted to see themselves…? Not quite the same thing.
Critic Raymond Durgnat felt that they ultimately lost the subversive quality of the post-war films such as ‘Passport to Pimlico’ and ‘The Man in the White Suit’ and gradually became more conservative by the mid-fifties. Make up your own mind and enjoy once again some wonderful performances from Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood and Stanley Holloway et al.
In the Auditorium
Tickets £6.50 (Friends £5)