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The Spirit of '45

HD   G

Ken Loach

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About the Movie

1945 was a pivotal year in British history. The unity that carried Britain through the war allied to the bitter memories of the inter-war years led to a vision of a better society. The spirit of the age was to be our brother’s and our sister’s keeper. Director Ken Loach has used film from Britain’s regional and national archives, alongside sound recordings and contemporary interviews to create a rich political and social narrative. The Spirit of ‘45 hopes to illuminate and celebrate a period of unprecedented community spirit in the UK, the impact of which endured for many years and which may yet be rediscovered today.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 21
  • Fresh: 16
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: That The Spirit of '45 survives its simplifications is due to the sincerity and urgency of Loach's argument. And, regrettably, to its pertinence. – Ryan Gilbey, New Statesman, Oct 3, 2017

Fresh: 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 – Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile, Nov 30, 2013

Fresh: 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. – Kate Muir, Times (UK), Mar 20, 2013

Rotten: The film ends up as a tale told by an ideologue, full of sound and fury, of question-begging certitudes and the siege engines of self-righteousness. – Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, Mar 14, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Socialist clap trap

Socialist claptrap. Lab our Party Campaign commercial.

Hooray for socialism

The first two thirds of this documentary moves viewers quickly though the Depression era and WWII to focus on the spirit of community that flourished in Britain during the postwar years, when industry after industry was nationalized under Labour Party PM Clement Attlee. This part I found informative and enjoyable. But after taking a victory lap around the Festival of Britain in 1951, the film jumps abruptly to 1979 in a protracted rant against the privatization efforts of Conservative Party PM Margaret Thatcher, which effectively reversed much of the nationalization that occurred after WWII. So what happened between 1951 and 1979 that allowed Thatcherism to take hold? Since the film feels distinctly one-sided, I'm inclined to assume that the events during that gap were left out mainly because they don't support the filmmaker's socialist agenda.

The Spirit of '45
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  • $10.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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