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2019 Film & History Break at The Green Park with Ian Garden


Sunday the 17th of February until the morning of Thursday the 21st of February 2019

The fear of spies and fifth columnists dominated much of the thinking of the Allied and German authorities during WW2 and this was reflected in the large number of spy-related films produced by both sides during the war years. In addition to examining whether such seeming paranoia was justified, this Film and History Break provides another example of how the truth behind virtually any incident from the war could be twisted for propaganda purposes and reveals how even the most popular and seemingly most innocent of German war-time romantic films could be employed to help the war effort. Following on from the success of this year’s Telling Lies during War-Time Break and drawing on much of the research from his last two books, Ian Garden has produced another exciting and wide-ranging lecture course which reveals the extent to which both sides employed the cinema and other media for their own ends.
On the British side, the course will include screening of the fascinating MOI short ‘Miss Grant goes to the Door’, the careless talk costs lives film ‘The Next of Kin’ - which Churchill tried to ban - and the short documentary about the famous raid on the River Forth in October, 1939 from which both sides tried to make some capital. Hitchcock’s famous American film Saboteur and his shorter Bon Voyage demonstrate how the most celebrated of film directors were drafted into help the Allied war effort. Finally, there is a screening of Request Concert the most popular film watched in Germany throughout the war and more akin to our own war romances.
Given the feedback from this year’s course Ian is confident that you will find this new course just as interesting and informative and that you will be entertained by the films - several of which you will be unlikely to have seen previously.

There is no supplementary charge for single accommodation on any of our activity breaks, and as normal, we can arrange free transport (on arrival and departure) between the hotel and the bus and railway stations.

Details about all of our activity breaks are readily available - either download a copy from this section, ask for them during you stay, or just telephone the hotel and ask us to forward a programme for whatever activity you are interested in.

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