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The Battle of Britain on Screen'The Few' in British Film and Television Drama$
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S.P. Mackenzie

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623891

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623891.001.0001

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The Battle of Britain on Screen

S. P. MacKenzie

Edinburgh University Press

More than half a century after the firing stopped, World War II continues to resonate in the public imagination. In the 1950s, dramatic accounts of various operations that had occurred between 1939 and 1945 were a money-spinning staple of the British film industry. The Battle of Britain was fought out in the skies between the middle of June and the latter part of September 1940, resulting in the defeat of the Luftwaffe and any prospective enemy invasion by the Royal Air Force Fighter Command. It has ranked among the most-often-represented events of the war both on the page and on the screen. This book examines how the representation of the Battle of Britain has evolved over time on screen in relation to changing attitudes and circumstances, focusing on feature films and multi-part television dramas in which the Battle clearly permeates the plot. It also analyses each of the major fictional representations, starting with The Lion Has Wings and ending with A Perfect Hero.

Keywords:   World War II, Battle of Britain, film industry, feature films, television dramas, Lion Has Wings, A Perfect Hero

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