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The Hebrides and Goebbels

The History Company

This film from the new British Council archive is fascinating in many ways. It’s visually sumptuous – the first time I think the Hebrides, previously captured by sharp-eyed photographers like Werner Kissling in monochrome, was portrayed in glorious Technicolor. It weaves a simple dramatic narrative with a  semi-documentary portrayal of everyday life – a Hebridean “blackhouse”, creating Harris tweed and the Gaelic singing that went with it.  No surprise that the cinematography was by Jack Cardiff, later to work with Powell and Pressburger on features like The Red Shoes.  But the most interesting part is the screen notes – filed here as trivia,  but trivial they are not.

It was released in 1942 yet  alludes to a real-life torpedo attack which apparently happened later. The Ministry of Information insisted that the Western Isles should not be distributed abroad, as it was counteractive to the war effort. “The Minister of Information, Brendan Bracken, personally wrote to the…

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