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The Lion Has Wings

Directors: Adrian Brunel, Brian Desmond Hurst, Michael Powell

Genre: Documentary

Year: 1939

Running time: 76 minutes

Territory: Worldwide

Studio: ITV

Cast: Ralph Richardson, Merle Oberon

Released only two months after the outbreak of World War Two, this was one of the first ‘propaganda’ films of the time. Using a combination of documentary footage and well-known actors such as Ralph Richardson and Merle Oberon, it depicts a Germany under the grip of mass-hysteria led by Hitler. This is contrasted to the rural peace of England and the dignity of its inhabitants. Made in two weeks with a minute budget, this is an excellent example of war-time film-making.


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