Monument –  London Can Take It!  (1940)

London Can Take It! (1940) | Monument

In this propaganda film about the Blitz directed by Humphrey Jennings and Harry Watt for the GPO Film Unit and the British Ministry of Information, piles of rubble and burned-out buildings are seen beside the monument designed by Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke marking where the 1666 Great Fire of London started, in Pudding Lane.

The film’s distribution in the USA is often credited with having helped to make the case for America to enter the war against fascism by depicting the impact of German bombing on the civilian population. The King and Queen are seen surveying bomb damage but the narrator, US war correspondent Quentin Reynolds, doesn’t comment on them: their status is depicted as being equal to any other Londoners caught in the Blitz.

Goebbels is quoted, saying that the bombings are having a great effect on British morale. “He is right,” says Reynolds “the British people’s morale is higher than ever.”