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London Can Take It (Humphrey Jennings, 1940)
... ... Jennings' great wartime work really began with London Can Take It. Along with Watt he made this, the first of the home-front war films to make its mark. A one-reeler shot in haste, the film w… Read more

REMEMBER THE NIGHT (Mitchell Leisen, 1940)
As a bonus adjunct to our Festival highlight, Preston Sturges: Tlie Rise And Fall Of An American Dreamer, we are delighted to be screening a brand new 35mm print of the last film to be scripted by St… Read more

THE BALLET RUSSE IN MELBOURNE (Ringland Anderson, 1940)
The Ballet Russo, under the direction of ... the legendary Colonel de Basil , visited ... Melbourne several times during the ... period of 1936 to 1940. ... Dr. Ringland Anderson, a ballet lover ... … Read more

THE GREAT DICTATOR (Charles Chaplin, 1940)
"You can say that the allies liberated Europe physically, but with The Great Dictator, Chaplin liberated us spiritually."—Milos Foreman, Academy-Award winning director of One Flew Over the Cuck… Read more

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (George Cukor, 1940)
Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn), the daughter of a wealthy family, is slated to marry George Kittredge (John Howard) a stuffed-shirt executive. Her previous marriage, to C.K Dexter (Cary Grant), ended… Read more

TIME IN THE SUN (Based on material by Sergei Eisenstein, 1940)
In 1931 after an abortive attempt to work at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, Eisenstein went to Mexico where he planned to make “a living history” of the country and native Indian people. ... The… Read more

Valley Town (Willard Van Dyke, 1940)
The story of how machines made a “boom” town with factories running at top speed &nash: and then how more machines broke the prosperity of the town, bringing misery and unemployment to its inhabi… Read more

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