‘French goings-on in the heart of London.’ ‘By general consent the best of writer T.E.B. Clarke’s six Ealing comedies, Passport to Pimlico (d. Henry Cornelius, 1949) arguably best exemplifies studio head Michael Balcon’s description of Ealing’s postwar films as “our mild revolution.”‘(BFI). The inhabitants of this corner of central London discover they have French connections and declare independence. Finely and sensitively honed portrait of the Blitz spirit English style with an almost nostalgic feel for the war of recent memory. ‘We always were English and we always will be English, and it’s just because we are English that we’re sticking up for our right to be Burgundian!’ the Ealing comedy tramlines.
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