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The film works all at once as a lament, a celebration and a wake-up call to modern politicians and voters.
That The Spirit of '45 survives its simplifications is due to the sincerity and urgency of Loach's argument. And, regrettably, to its pertinence.
What could be, and largely is, a load of old lefties banging on about the wonders of golden age socialism, is also very much intended as a rallying call to action before the last vestiges of state ownership are tossed to the capitalists.
A fond postcard from Ken Loach from the era when British socialism with a democratic spirit gripped the nation in a post-war embrace. His sense of cinema serves him well and he knows how to elicit emotions with the various tools at his disposal
The veteran director Ken Loach hoists the red flag with The Spirit of '45, a polemical documentary filled with hope and heroism, which takes a look at the resurrection of Britain after the war.
A thin, misleading and sentimental account of history, and how we got from there to here.
Using eloquent archive footage and contemporary interviews not exactly representative of the other side of the argument, Loach hammers his points home one by one.
A thought-provoking history lesson.
This is not so much a documentary as a barking mad Marxist fantasy.
The equivalent of your grandad lecturing you about how things aren't like they used to be.
This film reminds us that admiring the health service has become a distinctively patriotic virtue.
The film ends up as a tale told by an ideologue, full of sound and fury, of question-begging certitudes and the siege engines of self-righteousness.
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