British Official Films in the Second World War: A Descriptive Catalogue by Nicholas (Editor) Pronay soon to be presented for sale on the fabulous BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: Oxford & Santa Barbara: Clio Press, 1980, Hardback.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Appendices ;
From the cover: During the Second World War more than 2,000 films and 3,000 newsreels were produced under the guidance of the Ministry of Information in the most extensive exploitation of film for propaganda purposes ever undertaken. This unique reference book provides the only complete picture of the full scope, variety and extent of the propaganda work of the British government and its agencies. It is the first and, so far, only systematic record of film propaganda as used by a major power in World War II. The catalogue is an essential reference source for students of wartime film, and historians and sociologists will also find the catalogue of great interest for the insights it provides into the films as social documents.
The catalogue is jointly sponsored by the Imperial War Museum, the InterUniversity History Film Consortium and the University of Leeds, with assistance from the British Academy; it was prepared by the Slade Film History Register. It contains listings of over 2,000 films, accompanied wherever possible by locations of prints, review sources, producers, and by contemporary descriptions of the contents. In some cases official records have disappeared, as have the films themselves, and this catalogue provides the only remaining source of information available for the researcher. It also includes indexes of both film titles and credits, five appendices, and stills from some surviving films. The catalogue is prefaced by a substantial and scholarly introduction which traces the history of British film propaganda and describes the development of its policies and activities in the context of the political climate of the time.
Pictorial boards. [X] 321 pages. Index. 8½” x 6″.
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