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By Scott Anthony

Night Mail (1936) is likely one of the best-loved and best-known movies within the canon of British documentary cinema. Bringing jointly the artistic abilities of Harry Watt, Basil Wright, WH Auden and Benjamin Britten, the movie gave John Griersona's documentary institution its first renowned good fortune. Its collectivist politics and its particularly modest model of modernism is as redolent of the inter-war age as Agatha Christie, Penguin Books or The Shell publications. however it used to be additionally a company promo, a part of a exposure crusade initiated by way of Clement Attlee to stave off publish workplace part-privatisation and to enhance the morale of postal employees. Scott Anthonya's learn offers a full of life appreciation of this shiny, witty and sometimes simply simple eccentric masterpiece. In doing so he uncovers the amazing tales of civic-minded idealism, artistic intrigue and political trickery that underpin this vintage documentary.

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