The Spirit of '45
The Spirit of '45 (2013)

This documentary traces how British society evolved during the post-war Labour party years of 1945-51, during which time a fairer society was forged for the working class.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

The film works all at once as a lament, a celebration and a wake-up call to modern politicians and voters.

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

A fond postcard from Ken Loach from the era when British socialism with a democratic spirit gripped the nation in a post-war embrace. His sense of cinema serves him well and he knows how to elicit emotions with the various tools at his disposal

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

Using eloquent archive footage and contemporary interviews not exactly representative of the other side of the argument, Loach hammers his points home one by one.

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Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman

That The Spirit of '45 survives its simplifications is due to the sincerity and urgency of Loach's argument. And, regrettably, to its pertinence.

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

The veteran director Ken Loach hoists the red flag with The Spirit of '45, a polemical documentary filled with hope and heroism, which takes a look at the resurrection of Britain after the war.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

A thought-provoking history lesson.

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Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Metro (UK)

What could be, and largely is, a load of old lefties banging on about the wonders of golden age socialism, is also very much intended as a rallying call to action before the last vestiges of state ownership are tossed to the capitalists.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

A thin, misleading and sentimental account of history, and how we got from there to here.

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Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)

This is not so much a documentary as a barking mad Marxist fantasy.

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