The Golden Age of British Cinema
By Richard Williams. Updated: 8th October, 2015.
British cinema during the 1940s enjoyed a golden age as wartime film-makers found a new freedom to reflect the national mood, producing works of unparalleled ambition and boldness.
Audiences turned to Ealing comedy films, escapist melodrama - often from Gainsborough Pictures - and World War II propaganda.
Hugh Williams and Linden Travers embrace in Brief Ecstasy
Madeleine Carroll as Queen Caroline Mathilde in The Dictator
Margaret Lockwood and James Mason exchange looks in The Man in Grey
Keith Michell and Melina Mercouri embrace in The Gypsy and the Gentleman
F. Valk, Jill Balcon and Joan Greenwood in Saraband for Dead Lovers
Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard bid farewell in Brief Encounter
Kim Hunter and David Niven in uniform in A Matter of Life and Death
Livesey looks at Hiller who is up a ladder in I Know Where I'm Going!
An Ideal Husband cast take the dog for a walk outside a theatre poster
Hue and Cry opening credits (1947)
Kathleen Harrison listens to Stanley Holloway in The Happy Family
Sally Gray and Paul Lukas embrace in A Window in London (1940)
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