Jeffrey Richards and Anthony Aldgate / “2. The Sun Never Sets: Sanders of the River” / British Cinema and Society / 1983

Nina Mae McKinney, co-star with Paul Robeson and Leslie Banks in Sanders of the River, 1935.

By 1930s, Empire had moved from expansive phase to administrative phase. James Morris: “Most Britons still considered it, all in all, as a force for good in the world, and only a minority could conceive of its actually coming to an end.” None of major political parties contemplated its dissolution. Prominent vocal critics: left-wing intelligentsia, which is almost always unrepresentative of national opinion. Korda produced trilogy of imperial epics, after single-handedly putting British film on the map with The Private Life of Henry V.


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