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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Two Thousand Women (1944)

In 1940 occupied France, a young novice nun (Patricia Roc) is arrested as a spy by the Germans and sent to an all female internment camp. The interment camp is a luxury hotel taken over by the Germans but her stay there proves uneventful until three downed RAF officers are hidden by the Englishwomen. This isn't a "serious" look at prisoners of war under Nazi occupation and there's an almost uncomfortable amount of comedy in the film. The lush hotel accommodations aren't that bad and about the worst that happens to the women is that they have to share the same bath water (which is rather gross). Since this is the 1940s, I suppose it's not surprising that some of the portrayals of the women are rather stereotypical such as being emotionally unstable to the point of betraying British soldiers because they've been personally rejected. If you don't take it too seriously, it's passable entertainment. Directed by Frank Launder (co-writer of THE LADY VANISHES). The large cast is almost a who's who of English actresses includes Phyllis Calvert, Flora Robson, Renee Houston, Jean Kent, Thora Hird, Anne Crawford and Dulcie Gray. The British flyers are played by Reginald Purdell, James McKechnie and Robert Arden (MR. ARKADIN). 

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