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Promises and Betrayals: Britain and the Struggle for the Holy Land

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This lucid film recounts the complicated history that led to the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. In the words of the former British Ambassador to Egypt, it is a story of intrigue among rival empires and of misguided strategies. It is often claimed that the crisis originated with Jewish emigration to Palestine and the foundation of the State of Israel. Yet the roots of the conflict are to be found earlier. In 1915, when the Allies were besieged on the Western front, the British wanted to create a second front against Germany, Italy and the Ottoman Empire. Turkish nationalism had spread to the rest of the Ottoman Empire and the British exploited this feeling. They promised Arab groups their own independent states, including Palestine. Secretly, the Allies planned [...]
Online
2002
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Boys Alone

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Boys Alone is a riveting film of an English social experiment in which 10 eleven-year old boys are invited to be "home alone" without adult supervision for a week in a suburban house. The boys came in a variety of shapes, sizes, and backgrounds. They had different previous experiences in being away from home. The film tests the common belief that a pack of boys left together in a house for a long period of time, will self-destruct, as they did in Lord of the Flies. In any group of boys, it is thought, fierce hierarchies will quickly form. The strongest and most assertive will survive; the most sensitive and vulnerable will suffer. But is it true? And if it is, how exactly does that process happen? What about the practicalities of daily life, like preparing meals or keeping themselves [...]
Online
2001
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Sir Roger Makins

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"Participants: Sir Roger Makins, British Ambassador to the United States, interviewed by Larry Lesueur and Charles Collingwood. Topics: Britain and East-West trade, recognition of the People's Republic of China and its admission to the United Nations, European Defense Community, and Anglo-American relations."--Longines Chronoscope Interviews, March 24, 1954 (200LW598).
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1954
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William Beveridge

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"Participants: William Henry, Lord Beveridge, British economist and author of the "Beveridge Plan," interviewed by Larry Lesueur and John B. Oakes. Topics: The "Beveridge Plan" for social insurance from cradle to grave, and comparison of social programs in Britain and America."--Longines Chronoscope Interviews, May 28, 1954 (200LW479).
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1954
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Art of Darkness

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The slaves of the Caribbean contributed not only to the wealth of their masters, but also to the cultural heritage of the British Empire. For, as this film shows, such landmark institutions as the National Gallery, the Tate Gallery, and the British Museum were all funded by money made from the slave trade. Documented in fascinating detail through letters, paintings and poetry, the eighteenth century is shown to be both an age of high culture and an age of cruelty. The word "patron" had the dual meaning of owner of slaves and supporter of the arts. The film shows how the art of the period romanticized the servitude of the plantation blacks. As Hogarth s prints show, black domestics would be exquisitely attired to reflect the riches of their masters. Again and again we see in works of [...]
Online
1992
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Battle of Britain

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1996; 1963
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: American Troops in England, ca. 1917

American soldiers in England playing baseball, World War I. R&R.
Online
1917
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: French Leaders Visit Britain, 1918

State visit to Britain by France's premier Georges Clemenceau and Marshal Ferdinand Foch; in December 1918
Online
1918
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: King George V Funeral, 1936

Death of King George V & funeral. Edward VIII is walking in funeral procession and narrator tells of his later abdication.
Online
1936
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: British Royal Family, ca. 1936

Candid shots of King George VI, Queen Elizabeth & young Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret in Buckingham Palace gardens. King takes home movies. Cute!
Online
1936
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: British Muslims Protest, 1938

London: British Muslims protest, saying HG Wells has insulted Allah with his "short history of time.
Online
1938
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21 Up [electronic resource]: U.K.

Hardly the last or least of the Up episodes, this is nevertheless the final one to include all fourteen of the series' original subjects. Charles, ending his participation, has assumed a long-haired look standard for youthful whites of the 1970s, while Symon, impressive in his afro and mustache, idolizes Muhammad Ali. Jackie and Lynn are both married. Sue is single and employed at a travel agency, but a more stark contrast to working-class matrimony comes from Suzy, now an unconcealed enemy of marriage after her parents' divorce. Nick is studying nuclear physics at Oxford. John, for his part, has settled into a comfortable, affable conservatism, which his two upper-class cohorts echo or deflect from scene to scene. Unfortunately for Tony, his ambition to become a jockey did not pan o [...]
Online
1977
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: British Pound Devalues, 1967

British Pound devalued. London stock exchange and banks close for one day.
Online
1967
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The WPA Film Library Part III [electronic resource]: Computerized British Ship, 1967

HMS Glamorgan - combat control and gunnery spaces on warship
Online
1967