Town Like Alice Carve Her Name With Pride This Happy Breed

  |  Buy to Own: 20/10/2003
  |  330 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


A box set of classic dramas. 'A Town Like Alice' (1956) is BAFTA award-winning film based on Nevil Shute's best-selling novel. A group of British POW women are led through the Malayan jungle by the Japanese during World War 2. As a group they come to terms with the hardships they have to endure and are befriended by an Australian POW who dreams of returning to his home town, Alice Springs. Later made into a television mini-series. 'Carve Her Name with Pride' (1958) is a low-key treatment in semi-documentary style about the true story of Allied spy Violette Szabo (played by Virginia McKenna), who parachuted into Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II. Betrayed, she was captured, tortured and eventually executed by firing squad in Ravensbruck, France. Whilst 'This Happy Breed' (1944) is an episodic tale of an average working class family in the interwar years. Narrated by Laurence Olivier and directed by David Lean, the story traces the melodrama caused by illicit affairs, family bereavement, the first ripples of women's liberation and political instability in the country during the General Strike. It highlights the fact that these internal wranglings are all happening in one house in an average street, and that each average house has its own dramatic stories to tell. Adapted from Noel Coward's stage play.