It Happened Here

  • 1963
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Reminiscent in title and theme of Sinclair Lewis' terrifying novel It Can't Happen Here, this intensely fascinating effort from film historians Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo speculates about what could have happened in WWII England if the Germans had successfully invaded. Murray stars as a British nurse employed by the Fascist government. Shocked to discover...read more

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Reminiscent in title and theme of Sinclair Lewis' terrifying novel It Can't Happen Here, this intensely fascinating effort from film historians Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo speculates about what could have happened in WWII England if the Germans had successfully invaded. Murray stars as

a British nurse employed by the Fascist government. Shocked to discover that Russian and Polish hospital patients are being killed, she raises loud protests, is arrested, and eventually joins the resistance. Made on a miniscule budget of only $20,000, the production--partly filmed in 16mm--took 10

years to complete. It has a remarkable documentary look and feel, and the direction by Brownlow and Mollo is amazingly assured. A very disturbing and compelling film, it makes an incisive point about politics and nationality: the British would have gotten along quite nicely under Nazi rule, just

as the French did.

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