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London Can Take It! (1940)

A tribute to the courage and resiliency of Britons during the darkest days of the London Blitz.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Reporter Quentin Reynolds narrates and comments on the fortitude, courage, and perseverance of London civilians during the months of bombing by German air forces in the Second World War. Documentary footage of air-raid shelters, fire brigades, and decimated structures illustrate the plight and the strength of the citizens of London. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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27 December 1940 (Portugal)  »

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Britain Can Take It!  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Included in Warner Home Video's 2007 DVD release of The Fighting 69th (1940). See more »

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Commentator: Soon the nightly Battle of London will be on. This has been a quiet day for us. But it won't be a quiet night. We haven't had a quiet night now for more than five weeks. They'll be over tonight. They'll destroy a few buildings and kill a few people - probably some of the people you're watching now.
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Featured in Britain Through a Lens - The Documentary Film Mob (2011) See more »

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Symphony No.2: A London Symphony
Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams (as Vaughan Williams)
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Interesting Perspective on Getting Bombed
3 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

A tribute to the courage and resiliency of Britons during the darkest days of the London Blitz.

What is amusing about this is the number of different ways it can looked at. On the face of it, it is showing the proud people of England and how they are able to stay strong during the onslaught of the war.

But it can also appear as an example of learned helplessness. This is probably not accurate, but at times it seems to give the impression of a people that have just accepted their fate.

How did the English compare to the French, or even the Germans? This short is said to have a "neutral" narrator, and perhaps it does. Would a neutral narrator in France or Germany present their people the same way? Who does not want to present their people as proud and resilient?


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