It Happened Here

It Happened Here

DVD - 1999
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In a rewrite of history, Germany has won World War II and Nazi troops occupy England. Pauline, an apolitical nurse, hopes that normal life will return to England. It is only after she accepts a nursing job with the Nazis that she slowly realizes the horrifying reality behind the occupation. This film tells the story of what might have happened if the Allied effort had failed.
Publisher: New York, NY : Milestone Film & Video ; [Chatsworth, Calif.] : Distributed by Image Entertainment, c1999
Branch Call Number: DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Aug 15, 2015

Interesting film it posits an alternative history for WW2 in Britain. The film itself seesaws in quality as the filmmakers were first timers, making the film over a large number of years. Still, there's enough in it too make it worth watching.

Dec 05, 2014

With a shoestring budget and an army of volunteers, writers/directors Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo, who were just teenagers when they began this project in 1956, manage to produce a chilling alternate history in which Germany has won the war and England has become an occupied state. Presented as a quasi-documentary complete with newsreels and B&W verité camerawork, we’re shown a divided Britain where an underground resistance wages a guerrilla campaign against the German forces while an increasingly fervent generation of English Nazis embrace the assurances of national socialism promised by their new Führer. Against this backdrop a district nurse, relocated from the countryside to a “demilitarized” London, tries to see the good behind the occupation—an obsessive attention to law and order now reigns for one thing—while turning a blind eye to the darker side of her new masters—swastikas hang from every government building and common folk sport shiny black uniforms while calmly discussing genocide over tea and crumpets. But when she is faced with evidence of Nazi atrocities taking place on English soil her own political apathy takes a tumble…a dangerous thing to happen in a country now rife with zealous informants and card-carrying nationalists. Lacking the funds for a full scale costume epic, Brownlow and Mollo rely instead on small touches to give us an indelible sense of time and place: Hitler’s face beams from the cover of every magazine, military bands bang out patriotic songs through quiet boroughs, ubiquitous propaganda posters urge people to “Work in Germany!”, and news announcers loudly proclaim Britain’s liberation from communism and the Jewish menace. Lastly, a fine cast of both professionals and amateurs are completely convincing as they move about their brave new world either cooing or looking the other way according to their conscience. A triumph of substance over means.

Dec 13, 2012

It is a quite interesting assumption, but I can easily assume what might have happened if Nazi troops had occupied England.
There are no new or fascinating events in the film, and its ending is quite unsatisfactory.
I was expecting something exciting, but it's kinda disappointing.


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