London Can Take It!
London Can Take It! is a short British propaganda film from 1940, which shows the effects of eighteen hours of the German blitz on London and its people. Intended to sway the US population in favour of Britain's plight, it was produced by the GPO Film Unit for the British Ministry of Information and distributed throughout the United States by Warner Bros.. The film was directed by Humphrey Jennings and Harry Watt, and narrated by US war correspondent Quentin Reynolds.
The film opens with shots of the London streets in late afternoon, as people begin their commute home. The narrator reminds the audience that these people are part of the greatest civilian army the world has ever known, and are going to join their respective service before London's "nightly visitor" arrives. Listening posts are stationed as far away as the coastline and the "white fingers" of searchlights touch the sky.
|director||Harry Watt Humphrey Jennings|
|events||aviation Battle of Britain World War II|
|keywords||bomb british commute joseph goebbels listen listening post luftwaffe morale morning stiff upper lip united kingdom|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film, One-Reel|
|productionCompany||GPO Film Unit|
|theme||documentary propaganda short|