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Propaganda Minister — Clips

These films were made between 1940 and 1941.They were sponsored by the Ministry of Information. Play the clips. Use the recording sheet (PDF, 22KB) to help you note down your observations.

Clip A: Salvage With A Smile

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The film takes the form of a short drama. A professor talks to his housekeeper, a neighbour and his dustmen about recycling materials.

Clip B: More Eggs From Your Hens

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The star of this film is a chicken! She goes on her travels to see why, in her opinion, she is not getting enough food.

Clip C: Words For Battle

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The film shows images of Britain in peace and at war. Actors read out the words of famous writers and political leaders over the clips.

Clip D: London Can Take It

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The full version of this film was just under 9 minutes. This extract shows the impact of German air raids on London in 1940. American journalist Quentin Reynolds provides the commentary. The film targeted American audiences as well as British ones. The title of the film was changed to “Britain Can Take It” for British cinemas.

Clip E: Hitler Assumes Command 1941

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The footage in this clip was from the 1936 Nazi propaganda film Triumph of the Will. As you can see, in this film the footage has been used for a rather different purpose from the original!