The Spirit of '45

The Spirit of '45

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The Spirit of '45

Ken Loach (The Angels’ Share) documentary about the UK’s post-WWII Labour government and its programme of nationalisation, showing the background to - and construction of - the country's welfare state that ended up largely dismantled during the Thatcher era. Loach uses archival footage and contemporary interviews with doctors, nurses and trade unionists to make a case for these demolished institutions and emphasise the importance of the National Health Service, Britain’s last such survivor - itself under threat in the present day.

2013Rating: G98 minsUK
Documentary
Director:
Ken Loach ('The Wind That Shakes the Barley', 'Sweet Sixteen', 'My Name Is Joe')
Writer:
Ken Loach
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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

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A fond postcard from the era when British socialism with a democratic spirit gripped the nation in a post-war embrace.

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Total Film

Total Film

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It serves as a moving reminder of how, following the sacrifices of WWII, the British people collectively established a fairer society.

3.0
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Time Out

Time Out

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The film works all at once as a lament, a celebration and a wake-up call to modern politicians and voters.

4.0
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The Guardian

The Guardian

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This film reminds us that admiring the health service has become a distinctively patriotic virtue.

4.0
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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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Often fascinating and impassioned, Loach's doc lapses into polemic towards the end, an understandable side-effect of his granite-strong convictions.

3.0
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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

A fond postcard from the era when British socialism with a democratic spirit gripped the nation in a post-war embrace.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

It serves as a moving reminder of how, following the sacrifices of WWII, the British people collectively established a fairer society.

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The film works all at once as a lament, a celebration and a wake-up call to modern politicians and voters.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This film reminds us that admiring the health service has become a distinctively patriotic virtue.

4.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Often fascinating and impassioned, Loach's doc lapses into polemic towards the end, an understandable side-effect of his granite-strong convictions.

3.0
0

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