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The Spirit of '45 (2013)




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This documentary traces how British society evolved during the post-war Labour party years of 1945-51, during which time a fairer society was forged for the working class.

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Critic Reviews for The Spirit of '45

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (1)

The film works all at once as a lament, a celebration and a wake-up call to modern politicians and voters.

March 12, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

That The Spirit of '45 survives its simplifications is due to the sincerity and urgency of Loach's argument. And, regrettably, to its pertinence.

October 3, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

September 1, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

November 30, 2013 | Full Review…

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.

March 20, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A thin, misleading and sentimental account of history, and how we got from there to here.

March 17, 2013 | Full Review…

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