Went the Day Well?
The quiet village of Bramley End is taken over by German troops posing as Royal Engineers. Their task is to disrupt England's radar network in preparation for a full scale german invasion. Once the villagers discover the true identity of the troops they do whatever they can to thwart their plans. (Based on a short story by Graham Greene - Brighton Rock, The Third Man)
Alberto Cavalcanti, Britain, 4/10
Remember when I said British WW2 movies have held up better than Hollywood's? Me neither. This is an "Ealing war movie" and if that sounds iconographically odd, this film explains why -- it's a cosy, "fubsy" little war film. The premise is inherently tense, the iconographic "English village" types are well-inhabited, and some scenes resonate (the first villager violence, attack on Home Guard), and it works well as a parable of appeasement and the putting-behind of a certain kind of "30s toff" leadership that produced it in favor of Common Man (of all classes). But the framing device is a structurally ruinous decision -- the start of it spoils any real suspense in how story will…
Based on a short story by Graham Greene this film from Alberto Cavalcanti stars Leslie Banks and Basil Sydney. During the Second World War a small village in England is held hostage by Germans ahead of a planned invasion.
This is an interesting piece of British war time propaganda that captures both a snap shot of rural village life but also how people of the time considered invasion a very real threat. What is excellent about the film is that when it comes to the violence and action sequences it pulls no punches with serious consequences for the villagers who resist. Rather than being a scaremonger this film manages to walk the thin line between propaganda, boosting morale and realism.
WWII British Propaganda movie about German sleeper cell in the British countryside. Written by Graham Greene, it's surprisingly tense and plays out much like the middle part of Inglourious Basterds.
Interesting concept that I would like to see re-explored, but the original didn't really do it for me.
Went the Day Well? Very well, thanks to this terrific movie! The film does take a while to get going - first setting up the small town community and all its character - but as soon as the Nazis take control of the town the film grips your throat and never lets go. Although it's a film from 1942 it contains one of the most shocking scenes of war I've ever encountered. The scene involves a character getting blown up by a hand grenade - we don't see it in its graphic detail as we would nowadays, but the scene is so well done that we can instantly imagine it in vivid detail and the scene is all the more powerful for it. When the film is over you'll be ready and raring to defend your own home from those bloody Jerries.
Película propagandística de la segunda guerra mundial, mostrando la secreta invasión de un pueblito inglés por soldados alemanes. La eventual respuesta por parte de los pobladores es emocionante y satisfactoria.
An incisive mix of the blackest comedy, violent propaganda and subversive conspiracy, Went The Day Well is something of a hidden gem of British cinema, as stout British villagers refuse to be used as the entry point for a German invasion.
While it feels like an entertaining history lesson now, one can only imagine the terror it induced in audiences watching under the very real threat of invasion in the early 40's.
German soldiers take over a small English village ahead of a planned invasion. The execution isn't always believable (these Germans sure know their English accents) but I really didn't mind much. This was made when WW2 was still raging on and some wartime propaganda films have a certain charm about them that I often enjoy, I had a very good time with this.
Starts off all Dads Army meets Miss Marples and ends up in Straw Dogs territory.
One of the three or four best war films I've ever seen. "Went the day well? We died and never knew." Directed by Alberto Cavalcanti, based on a short story by Graham Greene.