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One of the most interesting wartime propaganda films ever made and why? Because this British production is actually a commercial for another country altogether. The crew of a shot-up Brit bomber goes down and must make their way across Nazi-occupied Holland to get home. Do get this done the team depends on the Dutch Resistance, and so the piece is about what the Nederlanders do get the boys home. Thrilling, while also being the most Dutch I've heard spoken outside of a Dutch production itself. Jolly good show!
Another early wartime collaboration from The Archers (Powell and Pressburger, later to create The Red Shoes and Black Narcissus, among other phantastic films). The plot here is straightforward enough: an RAF crew has to bail out over the Netherlands when their engines fail and then need to find their way out of Nazi-occupied territory and back to the UK. How they manage this (with the help of Dutch locals) represents the main action (and suspense) of the film. But far from being humdrum, the Archers present these methodical steps in a lyrical way with affectionate characterizations from memorable character actors -- and as much quirkiness as can be safely rendered in what were very serious times. Most of the collaborators' magic is yet to come but this is still worth a watch.
A little messy(may of been the print) - not the mature Powell and Pressburger I love - but the elements are there but they were either suppressed through propaganda or just unrealized at this point in their careers.
Perhaps the best propaganda war film ever made.
A compelling story and Peter Ustinov's first appearance on screen. Also a great perspective of the Dutch and their efforts to help in the war. Powell and Pressburger seldom disappoint.
A fairly well made, well acted film with a suspenseful and unique story, and with the fact that it was filmed during the war itself, really cool to say the least, an entertaining classic.
Most notable for editing by the much later and famous David Lean*. An Oscar nominated, human interest drama set in WWII Holland. The film is a flashback. Becomes a suspense and thriller film as the crew is aided by the Dutch back to their homeland. Not without its problems however, as noted below.
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A Halifax, England bomber crew have to bail out after hitting their target in Stuutgart, Germany bound for a Mercedes-Benz plant.
This is great for seeing a bombing run, though acted, looks real. Camera placement inside the plane is great. Lots of special effects ground anti aircraft fire over the target. This was a night bombing run thats pretty terrifying with much detail. They lose an engine, then have to ditch the plane over Holland, Nazi dominated at the time.
Funny thing, after the crew bails out, it sounds like the stalled engine restarted and seemingly makes it back on auto-pilot! Later we find out that it indeed did restart! It crashes into an electical tower to great effect shown early in the film. Where they had huge towers like shown is a bit strange too. It might have been one of England's defense radar towers, which oddly, the Germans in reality had could not destroy.
The biggest problem with the film is that when the crew lands, they all meet up and conduct themselves like a tea social. Sharply dressed, 3 wearing ties.
I expected to see them bring out their pipes. All too often, the crew acts rather too confident, too cockey and self assured. It become rather silly at times, but its only brief.
The wealthy, rural farm family that harbors them is authentic but pretty well off and it seems the entire village meets them in the huge house. Airman Sir George is the elder crew member, about 50 years old and full of sage advice after they bail.
The crew is lucky, meeting up with a forceful Dutch woman who speaks for the Dutch and manages to get the crew out of Holland through much German suspicion. She runs an underground network helping downed airmen escape Holland.
Even in captivity, they have butlers and eat off fancy plates and crystal glass. These guys are the most comfortable bunch ever. Their spirits never fall.
[img]http://ia600409.us.archive.org/4/items/OneofOurAircraftIsMissing/OneofOurAircraftIsMissing.thumbs/OneofOurAircraftIsMissing_003774.jpg[/img] At a soccer match, of all things!
Nevertheless, this is a rather suspenseful story of 5 British airmen trying to make it back home. It's more importantly a story of the courageous Dutch that help them. But its not without consequences and to their great regret as the Nazi's discover their aid to the English.
Great for aviation buffs, English bomber crew buffs, WWII historians, suspense genre buffs.
Well all can guess what that means for them ! :(
1 A very young Peter Ustinov plays a priest. Look for him about an hour into the film.
2 To maintain an aura of authenticity, actual RAF bombers on "ops" (operations) were filmed but the key aerial scenes of the bombing of Stuttgart, Germany was created using a large-scale model at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith. The giant Wellington replica actually covered the entire studio floor and was rigged with lights and fitted for effects shots including explosions. On screen, the effect was striking and realistically duplicated the flight and bombing raid carried out at the start of the film.
3 Notably, there is no scored music, Director Powell deliberately strove for "naturalism" relying on natural sounds that would be heard by the characters.
A different kind of War film, and whilst it's propoganda roots are deep, it's fairly entertaining.
2 Engaging suspense WWII drama about the crew of a Wellington bomber shot down over German-occupied Holland. Produced in 1942, it is a home front morale booster, so allowances can be made if the plot seems a bit farfetched as times. A first rate cast includes Peter Ustinov in the supporting role of a Dutch priest. Outstanding production values and cinematography.
3 The movie received two Academy Award nominations, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger for Best Writing, Original Screenplay, and Ronald Neame (photography) and C.C. Stevens (sound) for Best Effects, Special Effects.
Powell's nomination was the only Academy Award nomination he ever received in his career - Pressburger won an Academy Award for 49th Parallel and was nominated for The Red Shoes as well.
Godfrey Tearle Sir George Corbett, Rear Gunner in "B for Bertie" (the plane's name!)
Eric Portman Tom Earnshaw, Co-pilot in B for Bertie
Hugh Williams Frank Shelley, Observer / Navigator in B for Bertie
Bernard Miles Geoff Hickman, Front Gunner in B for Bertie
Hugh Burden John Glyn Haggard, Pilot in B for Bertie
Emrys Jones Bob Ashley, Radio Operator in B for Bertie
Pamela Brown Else Meertens
Joyce Redman Jet van Dieren
Googie Withers Jo de Vries
Hay Petrie Burgomeister
Selma Vaz Dias Burgomeister's wife (as Selma Van Dias)
Arnold Marlé Pieter Sluys
Robert Helpmann De Jong
Peter Ustinov Priest
Alec Clunes Organist
Directed by Michael Powell
Produced by Michael Powell
Written by Michael Powell
Cinematography Ronald Neame
Editing by David Lean*
*Sir David Lean CBE (25 March 1908 - 16 April 1991) was an English film director, producer, screenwriter, and editor best remembered for big-screen epics such as The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965), and A Passage to India (1984);
Acclaimed and praised by directors such as Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick, Lean was voted 9th greatest film director of all time in the British Film Institute Sight & Sound "Directors Top Directors" poll 2002. Lean has four films in the top eleven of the British Film Institute's Top 100 British Films.
Distributed by Anglo-Amalgamated Film Distributors
Release date(s) 27 June 1942 (UK)
Running time UK: 102 minutes
US: 82 minutes
Country United Kingdom
An excellence piece of classic cinema. Not sure if it's a true story or not but I should imagine the Dutch resistance to Nazi occupation and other elements are both historically accurate and it all comes across as very convincing. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
i'm a big sucker for briitish war propaganda and this is one of the best. only the second film for powell and pressburger as the archers and it's clear they make a great team. the film involves a bomber crew forced to bail out over holland and try to make it home with help from the dutch resistance. gripping stuff
Another of the propganda films made during World War II by Powell and Pressburger. Sadly although the film starts off well enough, the escape through occupied Holland to safety is less enthralling - one for film buffs, than the casual observer!