They Also Serve

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Description This British film from 1940 portrays a housewife on a day like any other. Following a woman going about her business, the film shows a woman who has casually integrated serving the war effort into her everyday routine, from bringing dinner to a neighbor whose soldier husband has returned to growing vegetables to help with the food shortage. The emphasis that little efforts make a difference not only subtly pushes viewers to also make such small contributions, but it also acknowledges and applauds the strength of those left behind. In short, this film takes a break from portraying the bravery of soldiers to showing the bravery of women back on the home front.
Creator Realist Film Unit: production
R. I. Grierson: direction
Great Britain. Ministry of Information
Contributor A. E. Jeakins: camera; H. Halsted: sound
Date Issued 1940
Original Format 16mm print
Duration 07:48
Color/Black & White B&W
Sound/Silent Sound
Nation of Origin U.K.
Geographic Coverage U.K.

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