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Films In 1941

Mail Early (Norman McLaren, 1941)
McLaren's first film for the NFB was this publicity clip for Canada Post. Non-abstract symbols drawn with pen on clear 35mm stock were superimposed on a painted background. ... Read more

Power To Win (Charles Chauvel, 1941)
Power to Win is a propaganda newsreel made during World War 2 encouraging greater production of coai for the war effort. A hyperactive voice-over implores Australian workers to produce "coal and more… Read more

Syrian Campaign Ends with the Fall of Beirut (Damien Parer, 1941)
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The Drive on Beirut (Damien Parer, 1941)
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This Is England (Humphrey Jennings, 1941)
This often underrated work is the prototypical Jennings' war film yet its powerful overlay of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony on shots of Coventry Cathedral's wreckage and its climactic defiant battle cry… Read more

Tzigne Dances (Jack Kemp, 1941)
"Carmen Amaya, she's hail against windows, the cry of a swallow, a black cigar smoked by a dreamywoman, a thunder of applause " ... Jean Cocteau ... Read more

V For Victory (Norman McLaren, 1941)
A 'film poster' publicising a wartime government bond campaign, using the technique of drawing with pen and ink directly on 35mm film. ... Read more

WESTERN UNION (Fritz Lang, 1941)
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When the Pie was Opened (Len Lye, 1941)
An imaginatively presented recipe for a vegetable pie. Len Lye is famous for his earlier abstract films, "Trade Tattoo" and "Colour Box" produced for the A.P.O. Film Unit. ... Read more

Words for Battle (Humphrey Jennings, 1941)
Eight minutes of movie magic. We see con­temporary (1941) footage while we hear Lau­rence Olivier recite an idiosyncratic selection of English literature and the Gettysburg Address to the mus… Read more

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