All That Is England (1932)

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Austin promotional short, showing a tour around the country by many Austin models, from the Seven to the Ascot.


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15 December 2020 | andyrobert
| An England That Once Was - A Land Of Beauty With Lovely People
This is a cute little British film from the 1930s which I watched on Talking Pictures this morning. It almost makes you wish that you had lived during that era, without the gloomy prospect of the Second World War looming up, which must have changed the British way of life forever.

There were a few recognisable names amongst the actors taking part in this film - which was essentially a commercial. Although, the real stars of this film were the automobiles - the Austin's -which the producers were trying to advertise.

However, for me, it was the beautiful English countryside, with each actor blending in with what I have always called "script narration". In other words, telling the story by using the lines the actors were saying. Each actor explained his or her ideal part of England so that any member of a cinema audience who had never been outside of his or her home town could see what a beautiful place their country is - or, in our case, was - without the rain, of course.

It is a pity that the film had not been in colour, as the scenery would have been absolutely stupendous.

I recommend anyone who would love to see how people lived in those far off days of the glorious 1930s to watch this film. The way people dressed, spoke and the types of cars they drove, certainly made you wish for the good old days.

10 out of 10.

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