CATHOLIC HERALD Film Critic that I would rather go into the provinces to see again Goodbye, M7' Chips. stagecoach, Huckleberry Finn, Quai des Brumes, This Man in Paris, Q Planes, Hostages, Les Disparus do St. Apt!, than waste time at first runs In the West End of some very fill-gap productions.
ACORRESPONDENT (Marguerite Malone) writes this week pointing out the propaganda possibilities of an old film of Madeleine Carroll's--The World Moves on— and pleads for its revival.
She says :
" Since the documentary film has se come to stay and since there is, for various reasons, a lack of such films I o r propaganda purposes during the war, I should like to suggest a revival of one which was never sufficiently popularised in this country.
"A fter reading reviews of it in the
American Pres s, particularly in the Catholic sections, and a mention of it in English Catholic papers, I spent two years tracking it down, only to find it by accident eventually in a small provincial cinema. Even there its title, The World Moves On, was tucked away in small print in the advertised programme beneath the headlines of an all star cast film.
"Having discovered it. at last I saw it. more than once, and was thanked by many friends for urging them to see it. The remarks of the general public leaving the cinema struck me forcibly-. Why can't we have more films like that last one?" That was a really good film? If there were more pictures like that there'd be fewer wars.'
"The film covers in time more than a century. It opens with the picture of a crucifix which hangs over the mantelpiece of a house in the Southern States of America. It covers the history of the family in Hint, home. It starts with the growth of the cotton trade C' 1815: of the growth of the family interests through that trade in Europe : it portrays how the children come to marry. one in France, one in England, one in Germany. The children of these marriages are involved in the Great War : some do not survive, slain, unwittingly, by each other.