This England (David MacDonald, 1941) 6/10
Extremely rare and unashamedly patriotic, this propaganda film was typical of many that were made during WWII. This one features a small village in England during the WWII threat of a Nazi invasion and sees it through four different periods - the Norman invasion, the Spanish Armada, the Napoleonic era and WWII - showing how the working classes and peasants united against all foreign threat. The screenplay focuses on the determination and fortitude of the British as the stories are related by an inhabitant (John Clements) to a visiting American journalist (Constance Cummings). The film's title comes from a speech by John of Gaunt in the play Richard II by William Shakespeare.