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Bizarre coincidence dept.! Whilst I was watching the Spitfire thingy above, I had the TV on as well...and some chap in the Bargain Hunt programme was buying a WW2 gun camera..complete with film cartridge..for £45. It remains to be seen how much it will sell for at auction...
Lovely combination of 40's imagery and more contemporary music, thank you.
Doubt the authenticity of the R.J Mitchell "Spitfire bird" quotes though. He hated the name and, when told of the naming decision, is quoted as saying
"just the sort of bloody silly name they would choose."
Location: UK (and now rarely behind enemy lines but still enjoying foreign climes.)
"40's imagery" is certainly what it is! I recognised many (if not all) of the scenes as being from the 1942 film, 'The First of the Few', with Leslie Howard playing designer and engineer Reginald Mitchell, and David Niven as a character named Geoffrey Crisp, which some believe to be based on Jeffrey Quill, a test pilot at Vickers.
To it's credit, at the end of the video the movie is acknowledged!
Might suit the microsecond attention span of today's 'yoof' but I really cannot imagine ANY of those originally involved viewing it with anything but amazed horror - particularly with that mind-numbing background noise - I'm referring to what passes for music nowadays. Awful, awful, awful!!!
The really ironic thing is that the Motorik beat music style is directly cribbed from 1970's German "Kraut Rock" bands such as Neu! / Harmonia / Can / Kluster The drumming is a direct copy of Klaus Dinger's style and the tape edit vocal technique from Holger Czukay. The guitar work is much like Michael Rother's as well Maybe thats why I like it......
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That film was released in 1942 To what extent would the knowledge of the design / build of the aircraft be secret by then? How well known was the all metal construction? I just wondered if the closeup of the Hurricane guns firing was an attempt at hiding something they wanted kept secret??
For everyone except Cornish Jack, you may be interested to know that the band, Public Service Broadcasting, have an EP coming out, avbl via the tunes of eye on 28th May. It's a 5 track EP done in conjunction with the BFI where they have accompanied 5 film tracks or radio broadcasts from WW2. The EP is called The War Room and you can hear it on their website (might be on FB, forgotten).