Went the Day Well? (1942)
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A brilliant film - sorely neglected, it seems. Some fantastic acting from some familiar British character actors (including Leslie Banks, David Farrar), a very sharp, sly and often tense script based on a Graham Greene short story, and some superb night-time cinematography make a classic in my book. For a film from 1942 it's incredibly powerful and pulls no punches - the on screen deaths of assorted characters who attempt to stand up to the German invasion of the village is still powerful today, and impressively unsentimental. Highly recommended.
It takes a little while to get going but once it does it's quite a quirky thriller. The Germans are genuinely intimidating and not the cartoon villains you might expect and the plucky villagers under siege make an entertaining ensemble.
dombrewer - Completely agreed. This is an incredible movie, and one that deserves far more attention.
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This movie ranks #17 in 101 War Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #40 in Time Out's The 100 Best British Films
This movie ranks #152 in BFI's 360 Classic Feature Films Project
This movie ranks #271 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #366 in Doubling the Canon