Went the Day Well?
Went the day well? We died and never knew. But, well or ill, freedom we died for you.
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 28 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: July 9, 2015
- Originally Released: 1942
- Label: Reel Vault
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
- (unspecified) - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Leslie Banks, Elizabeth Allan & Mervyn Johns|
|Performer:||Basil Sydney, Frank Lawton, Valerie Taylor, David Farrar, Marie Lohr, Harry Fowler, Thora Hird, Edward Rigby & C.V. France|
|Directed by||Alberto Cavalcanti|
|Edited by||Sidney Cole|
|Screenplay by||John Dighton, Diana Morgan & Angus MacPhail|
|Original story by||Graham Greene|
|Composition by||William Walton|
|Produced by||Michael Balcon|
|Director of Photography:||Wilkie Cooper|
Rating: A- -- The rarely seen film, a gem, is loosely based on a 1940 magazine story by Graham Greene. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
WENT THE DAY WELL' is the innocent-sounding title of one of the most subversive films to come out of World War II, a British drama that was unsettling in its day and is even more so now.
Los Angeles Times
4 stars out of 5 -- Made as a propaganda piece to warn against complacency, this has stood the test of time as a genuinely nail-gnawing British action-thriller.
Rating: 5/5 -- A wartime conspiracy thriller, a black-comic nightmare and a surrealist masterpiece in which stoutly English-seeming army types reveal themselves to be Nazis, like the reflected figures turning their backs on us in RenÃ (C) Magritte's mirror. Full Review
Rating: 5/10 -- Its jingoistic nastiness and nationalist aggrandizement makes this film exactly the kind of nonsense Powell & Pressburger's The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp was made in response to. Full Review
Nate Hood Reviews
Long the cineaste's favourite wartime propaganda movie, Cavalcanti's darkly comic invasion drama still surprises and delights with its unexpected second-act change of gear and genre.
Sight and Sound
Rating: B -- Part paranoid propaganda, part thriller and part quaint period study, Went the Day Well? is an entertaining oddity begging for an update. Full Review
Made in 1942, when the possibility of a German land invasion of Britain seemed all to real to the citizens of England, WENT THE DAY WELL' was originally intended as a propaganda film. Being superbly made, however, it has managed to maintain its power in the interceding years. A group of soldiers arrives in a small British town with orders to be interred there for a period. The townspeople are happy to have them, until they discover that the soldiers are in fact German spies. With no help in sight, the people find that they themselves will have to fight back against the Germans. WENT THE DAY WELL' transcended its wartime propaganda purposes to become a classic of British film.
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