Mary Poppins Returns
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No less than half a dozen credits for this film go to Noel Coward. And they're well earned.
Staged with what passed at the time for honest understatement, it now looks impossibly patronising, the epitome of stiff upper lip.
One of the most eloquent motion pictures of these or any other times had its American premiére at the Capitol Theatre last night.
Perhaps the most honored propaganda film of World War II, in which the survivors of a torpedoed British battleship recall their reasons for fighting through individual flashbacks.
This is, to my mind, the finest war drama produced yet and because of the strength of its understatement and recognition occasionally of human weakness is propaganda of the very best sort. It should be seen by all.
... an accomplished, sincere, and moving piece of filmmaking that honors the characters and involves the audience.
Noel Coward, who also co-directed and wrote the script, brings weight and dignity to the role of Captain Kinross.
a particularly memorable World War II British propaganda film, having successfully outlived its initial propagandistic value and solidified into a timelessly moving drama of human determination and tenacity
Though agit-prop and sentimental, this UK WWII drama is superior to Hollywood's patriotic flagwavers, and it's important historically, featuring the directorial debut of David Lean (with Noel Coward), who became a major international figure in the 1950s
Coward is at his peak in this patriotic, thoughtful WWII British production.
Noel Coward performed with unexpected brilliance here as co-director, writer, musical composer, and star of this stirring WWII drama.
It's dated, but still holds up as one of the better flagwavers.
A lot of the film is standard wartime propaganda stuff, however Coward's screenplay still manages to find moments of serious humanity in the central characters.
A call to arms for young men unsure about their participation in the war effort which borders on propaganda but it is nonetheless uplifting enough to rally the troops. An epic within an epic conflict.
Fun fact: In Which we Serve used condoms as bullets.
This war film directed by David Lean and partner Noel Coward had a lot of cool moments and ideas. If you watch this I'd recommend the Criterion edition as it holds some enlightening interviews. This isn't a great eerie war film and is a bit dated. This patriotic effort would probably be a joy for me if I was a Brit, but I don't have that kind of enthusiasm of British patriotism. This film uses the 40s cliche of flashbacks, but it makes the movie better than it'd would be. I'm didn't like Noel Coward as a ship captain as he didn't feel serious or strict enough. I suggest this if one is looking for a spirited war movie.
A good British war film about a stranded crew of a British Destroyer on a life raft. The whole film is told in flashbacks and that is what I think hurts the film. It was original then, but it takes you out of the story almost every time it happens. Coward's screenplay is great and all of the characters are strong. David Lean helps him with the direction, which makes it look good and really helps the acting. Entertaing film all around, but I wish it was set up a little different without the all of the flashbacks.
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