Johnny Frenchman (1945)

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The fisherman from a Cornish village have a friendly rivalry with the fishermen (and one formidable woman) from a French port. Then war comes and they must all rethink their petty differences.


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21 May 2016 | HillstreetBunz
| A window into another era
Other reviewers have detailed the plot of this marvellous little film, I watched it this morning where it was shown on UK television on the London Live channel (who have lately started to schedule a lot of little seen British films from the 40s and 50s). Story review aside, the film is a window on lost ways of life, lost communities, cultures, and unlike an historical pic, these worlds were extant as the film was made (though at the very end of their time). A curious insight into pre war local/international rivalries in fishing communities that straddled the channel for 100s of years. The War changes everything in the picture, as in life it seems to have brought to an end centuries of tradition (such as wearing local costume for the Brettoniers). I cannot leave off without saying how wonderful Francoise Rosy is. She brings a life to the picture that makes it fresh decades after it might have been forgotten. truly interesting and entertaining.

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