They Came to a City (Dearden, 1945): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 6.20pm
This intriguing film is part of the Light Ealing season at BFI Southbank.
Here is an introduction by Josephine Botting: 'They Came to a City brings together people from diverse backgrounds and different walks of life and examines their hopes for Britain after the conflict. Based on a play by J.B. Priestley, the film is a more abstract fantasy, offering the characters the choice of living in a socialist utopia or returning to their old lives, a choice which reveals a great deal about the nature of class and privilege in Britain. The film’s fantasy elements – Michael Relph’s stark cubist set, which creates eerie echoes; the fog and tangled trees surrounding the mysterious city – create an atmosphere unique in British cinema at the time. They Came to a City hasn’t been seen on the big screen for many years and BFI Southbank’s Ealing season will feature a brand new print made by the BFI National Archive especially for the occasion.'
Here is an extract.