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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 Big Picture: The Battle of Britain (1969)

The Big Picture: The Battle of Britain (1969)

(p.75) 5 The Big Picture: The Battle of Britain (1969)
The Battle of Britain on Screen

S. P. MacKenzie

Edinburgh University Press

By the end of the 1950s, it was increasingly obvious that watching television at home was supplanting going out to the cinema as a prime recreational habit for young and old in Britain. This, in turn, had led to serious shrinkage both in the number of operating cinemas and in film production throughout the country. And, as the 1960s unfolded, what film output there was came as often as not to be financed by the more affluent American studios with an eye on the wider world market, where the Battle of Britain did not resonate. Even within the Air Ministry, there were those who wondered if harking back to the Battle of Britain every year was really in the best interests of the Royal Air Force (RAF). After years of work and a good deal of press scrutiny, a feature film called Battle of Britain made its high-profile premiere at the Dominion Theatre in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund on the evening of September 15, 1969.

Keywords:   Battle of Britain, Royal Air Force, feature film, cinema, Britain, film production

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