• Edwin Davies

    ★★★★ Watched by Edwin Davies 12 Apr, 2014

    In telling a story of Nazi paratroopers taking over a small English town, and the efforts of the town people to fight back, Went The Day Well? occupies an interesting middle ground between propaganda and entertainment. It's a lot rougher and more violent than you'd expect from a film of the time, yet a lot more graceful than wartime propaganda should be.

    The film is at its best when the dealing with the small, personal conflict within the town, especially…

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  • ander

    ★★★ Watched by ander 10 Apr, 2014

    Surprisingly brutal war thriller, all to show the ends to which every patriot must go in wartime. Propagandistic no doubt, but the unflinching violence and strong ensemble and constantly shifting hierarchy of information make it a hearty potboiler even in the shoddier moments.

    Such an odd framing device too: made in 1942 and largely set there, but it happens within a frame story of a man telling the tale of Bramley End after the war in an unspecified year who…

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  • Bob Hovey

    ★★★½ Watched by Bob Hovey 10 Apr, 2014

    Unusual 1942 British propaganda film about a German pre-invasion force taking over a small English village to set up communications jamming equipment. The story is tense and intriguing, almost Hitchcokian in the way the details unfold (and some of the music cues even have a bit of a Bernard Hermann feel in places). It's also nicely photographed, a beautiful vignette of rural life in the English countryside. It's not a very well-known film, but well worth tracking down.

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  • Larry Steele

    ★★★½ Watched by Larry Steele 10 Apr, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

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  • lemonski

    ★★ Watched by lemonski 08 Apr, 2014

    Went the Day Well is a completely preposterous and rather mundane propaganda film. It does have a few surprisingly gruesome moments, but not enough to save it from failure.

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  • Mike D'Angelo

    ★★★ Watched by Mike D'Angelo 27 Mar, 2014

    54/100

    A queer little duck, as its characters might put it—undistinguished both dramatically and formally, but endlessly fascinating as an alternate-history of WWII produced when the war's outcome was still very much in doubt. It's as if Tarantino had made Inglourious Basterds in 1942, had that film been otherwise kinda blah. Surprisingly brutal at times (albeit in the bloodless way typical of the era), with a rich sense of character; it is propaganda, though, and the necessary jingoism keeps getting…

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  • TheCincyKid

    ★★★★½ Added by TheCincyKid

    Don't make the mistake of presuming that it is an insincere propaganda yarn. This is an electrifying tale of survival. It stands out, owing much to its unexpected flashes of violence that are sincerely exhilarating and often frank and uncompromising. The quaint English ambiance, maintaining its spry morale, is a clever and natural juxtaposition to the taut aggression of the conflict, which is thus more well-defined. The relatively unfamiliar cast is plainly high-quality.

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  • Rob Smith

    ★★★½ Watched by Rob Smith 12 Jan, 2014

    Based on a short story by Graham Greene this 1942 drama centres on a small English village which finds itself overrun by Nazi paratroopers in the lead up to a German invasion.
    While it is a product of its time with RADA and BBC accents to the fore, modern audiences may be struck by the willingness of the filmmakers to realistically portray some of the brutality such a circumstance would have precipitated.
    Whilst clearly a propaganda film at heart (the…

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  • QED

    ★★★★ Added by QED

    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…

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  • Peter Patnaik

    ★★★ Watched by Peter Patnaik 17 Sep, 2013

    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.

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  • Cameron McDermott

    ★★ Added by Cameron McDermott

    Interesting concept that I would like to see re-explored, but the original didn't really do it for me.

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  • directorscut

    ★★★★★ Watched by directorscut 26 Jul, 2013

    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…

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