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BRITAIN IN 1934

Matthew Nathan (London)
These two films are typical of the skilful way in which the maker recorded historical events in both Europe and the UK, throughout the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s.

1. THE TURN OF THE TIDE
Described in its subtitle as 'A Film of Britain's Recovery, 1934', this shows the Hunger Marchers tramping to London in February with the police massing in readiness, Budget Day (6d. off Income Tax), the Summer Season (Ascot, Henley, Lords and Cowes), Alexander Korda at Elstree directing Douglas Fairbanks, Jnr in The Private Life of Don Juan (followed by its Autumn premiere at the London Pavilion) and the launching of the 'Queen Mary'. Excellent coverage with apt piano accompaniment.
Transfer from 16mm film.

Documentary
b&w
12 min


2. POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE
A film setting of Elgar's March No.1. As the King and Queen drive in state to the House of Lords for the Opening of Parliament we see the sad conditions that are prompting the slogans 'Pull Down the Slums!' and giving urgency to the building of new flats and schools.
Transfer from 16mm film.

Documentary
b&w
4min


Total running time 16min.

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