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The Blitz : London's longest night

Author: Louise OsmondDilly BarlowDarlow Smithson Productions.Channel Four (Great Britain)Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)All authors
Publisher: [Alexandria, Va.] : PBS Home Video ; Hollywood, CA. : Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The story of how London nearly perished under the German's most concentrated aerial barrage of WWII. On the evening of December 29, 1940, the German Luftwaffe dropped tens of thousands of incendiary bombs on the heart of London, hoping to break the spirit of the British people and leave them begging for peace. As firemen and workers fought all night to control the burning, many risking their lives, Londoners fled  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Personal narratives
Personal narratives, British
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Louise Osmond; Dilly Barlow; Darlow Smithson Productions.; Channel Four (Great Britain); Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.); PBS Home Video.; Paramount Home Entertainment (Firm)
ISBN: 1415713170 9781415713174
OCLC Number: 64428420
Language Note: In English; close-captioned in English.
Notes: Originally aired in the US by PBS on February 15, 2006.
Originally produced in 2005.
Credits: Editor, Ben Lester ; director of photography, Dan Rack ; composer, Dave Hewson ; research consultant, Judith Dawson ; specialist consultant, Margaret Gaskin.
Performer(s): Narrated by Dilly Barlow; commentators Richard Holsgrove, George Wheeler, Ann Regan-Atherton, Jessica Jacob, Barbara Walker, Sid Feldon, Leonard Rosoman, Joe and Marie Gilmore, Winnie Feldon; recreations actors Christopher Fox, Abigail Davies, Gerrard McArthur, Matthew Day, Sally Leonard, Sebastian Harcombe, Simon Armstrong, Cathy Murphy, Tracey Murphy, Richard Huw, Tat Whalley, Patrick Poletti.
Target Audience: MPAA Rating: Not rated; Canadian rating PG.
Description: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; Region 1, NTSC; stereo; widescreen format, enhanced for 16x9 televisions.
Contents: Introduction --
New kind of war --
December 29, 1940 --
First wave of attacks --
Sophisticated new targeting system --
Feldon family shelter --
Phase two of the attack --
Savoy --
Firestorm --
"And then the whistling stopped." --
Feldon's shelter: search for survivors --
Luck had finally come London's way --
Aftermath --
Epilogue --
Credits.
Other Titles: London's longest night
Responsibility: a Darlow Smithson Production for Channel 4 in association with PBS ; produced & directed by Louise Osmond.

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The story of how London nearly perished under the German's most concentrated aerial barrage of WWII. On the evening of December 29, 1940, the German Luftwaffe dropped tens of thousands of incendiary bombs on the heart of London, hoping to break the spirit of the British people and leave them begging for peace. As firemen and workers fought all night to control the burning, many risking their lives, Londoners fled to shelters, uncertain if their homes would survive the bombing. The following morning they emerged after a terrifying and sleepless night to face the smoking ruins of the city. Based on more than two years' research uncovering eyewitness accounts, this program transforms intimate true stories into emotional drama. The film mixes CGI, archival footage, and recreations to bring the awful night to life.

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