The aim of this paper is to address the interrelated fields of politics, nation and cinema in the period of the Second World War, in short to reflect upon the uses and abuses of political cinema. The study of British propaganda cinema is by no means a groundbreaking topic, it has been discussed to varying degrees and depths by several monographs, most notably Britain Can Take It by Tony Aldgate and Jeffrey Richards. The Cinema and Society series (I.B Tauris Press) edited by Richards has revealed a treasure-chest of essential material on the topic, but has yet failed to come up with a volume that examines theoretical issues and offers a theoretical framework that would contextualize the archival material compiled by the film historian and historian. The following sections are to be read as notes towards such a line on inquiry.
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