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The Spirit of '45

2013 1h 39m Documentary History Drama List
67% Tomatometer 27 Reviews 65% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Filmmaker Ken Loach traces the history of Britain's welfare state after World War II. Read More Read Less

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Matt Zoller Seitz A terrific movie all on its own, giving us details about a specific period of history in a specific country that commercial films and TV platforms for obvious reasons won't touch. Rated: 3.5/4 Mar 17, 2023 Full Review Ben Kenigsberg New York Times There is a powerful historical case to be made here, but it requires engaging with nuance, not merely expressing conviction. Mar 16, 2023 Full Review William Repass Slant Magazine Is there any reason why the public spirit we so desperately need can’t be reflected in a more revolutionary style? Rated: 2.5/4 Mar 12, 2023 Full Review Armond White National Review Loach reduces his protest cinema to cheap nostalgia. Mar 30, 2023 Full Review Avi Offer NYC Movie Guru Dry, academic and exhausting without being fair and balanced. Mar 18, 2023 Full Review Craig Williams CineVue A shame that Loach's latest has all the political sophistication of a students' union protest... As it stands, it's a respectable but flawed portrait of national endurance. Rated: 3/5 Feb 12, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Honorably clear language. It takes you through a Socialist journey in the UK, visiting several industries and e.g. the implementation of a nationwide free healthcare system. It is easy to watch, understandable, does not feel biased at all from my point of view. The cinematography is stunning! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review simon d Have you ever been sat down with an elderly relative, been on a school trip to the local old-peoples home, or just had to listen to a tramp lecturing you at a bus stop about how things used to be different in their day? Were you fascinated by the fact that they had to share an outdoor bog with the 17 family members who all lived in a single room the size of a cupboard? if so, then this is the film for you. Ken Loach once again takes the opportunity to bang on about his politics and how the government is full of selfish crooks in disguise, in case you forgot. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Great documentary on the British Labour Party election of 1945 where the people voted in a social democratic government which nationalized healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, and other public services. While definitely more propaganda than a critical or analytical documentary, Ken Loach documents the accounts of ordinary people who saw in that government the vision of a democratic and socialist society. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Interesting, thought provoking and timely look at how and why the welfare state and nationalisation of major industries took shape and how and why they have been undone over the last 35 years and at what cost. While I was watching it occurred to me that if there was 30+ years between WW2 and Thatcher, time enough for people to forget what it was like before, there has now been just as long since Thatcher came to power. This isn't on a list of the most essential films in history but is a very good film to watch and consider where the world sits today. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Just amazing, if you watch one political documentary this year make it this one. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member De nuevo Loach logra una denuncia impecable. Muestra como la Bretaña de post guerra estaba destruida y como, gracias a los laboristas, se pudieron rearmar y volver a invadir a medio mundo para luego caer en las manos de Margaret Hilda Thatcher y como los "tories" se han encargado de destruir la isla privatizando casi hasta el aire. Pensar que en 1945 los ingleses estaban igual que nosotros pero se pudieron unir y lograr lo una vida digna mientras que acá llevamos mas de cien años así y cuando tratamos de unirnos los grupos de poder (familias políticas) nos dan machete, después plomo y ahora procurador. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Filmmaker Ken Loach traces the history of Britain's welfare state after World War II.
Ken Loach
Rebecca O'Brien, Kate Ogborn, Lisa Marie Russo
Ken Loach
Documentary, History, Drama
Original Language
English (United Kingdom)
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 17, 2017
1h 39m