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Two Cities Films

Production Company

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Formed in 1937, Two Cities was initially envisaged as a production company operating in the two cities of London and Rome which gave the company its name. Its first significant film was French Without Tears (d. Anthony Asquith, 1939), produced by Mario Zampi, but the company is most closely associated with 'the golden age of British cinema' - the 1940s - and with big-budget 'prestige' picture-making for the Rank Organisation.

The flamboyant driving force of the company was the Italian-born Filippo Del Giudice and, despite his brief internment during the war along with Zampi, Two Cities produced a number of 'quintessentially English' film classics including the most popular British film from the wartime period - In Which We Serve (d. Noël Coward/David Lean, 1942). Other Two Cities films such as This Happy Breed (d. Lean, 1944), The Way Ahead (d. Carol Reed, 1944) Henry V (d. Laurence Olivier, 1944), and The Way to the Stars (d. Asquith, 1945) form the backbone of the 'quality' cinema much favoured by critics of the day and contributed significantly to the high critical reputation acquired by the British cinema of the time.

In the mid '40s Two Cities became part of the Rank Organisation producing key films such as Odd Man Out (d. Reed, 1947) and Hamlet (d. Olivier, 1947) towards the end of the decade.

Tom Ryall, Encyclopedia of British Film

Selected credits

Thumbnail image of Blithe Spirit (1945)Blithe Spirit (1945)

Noël Coward comedy about a ghost who won't stay still

Thumbnail image of Gentle Sex, The (1943)Gentle Sex, The (1943)

WWII drama about seven women in the Auxiliary Territorial Service

Thumbnail image of Hamlet (1948)Hamlet (1948)

Laurence Olivier's multi-Oscar-winning Shakespeare adaptation

Thumbnail image of Henry V (1944)Henry V (1944)

Laurence Olivier turns Shakespeare into rousing propaganda

Thumbnail image of In Which We Serve (1942)In Which We Serve (1942)

David Lean/Noël Coward classic about a bombed WWII destroyer

Thumbnail image of Lamp Still Burns, The (1943)Lamp Still Burns, The (1943)

Unsubtle but fascinating film about the pre-NHS nursing profession

Thumbnail image of Madness of the Heart (1949)Madness of the Heart (1949)

Melodrama with Margaret Lockwood as a blind nun

Thumbnail image of Men of Two Worlds (1946)Men of Two Worlds (1946)

An African music student returns home to save his tribe

Thumbnail image of Odd Man Out (1947)Odd Man Out (1947)

A wounded Republican gunman dodges police on Belfast's streets

Thumbnail image of This Happy Breed (1944)This Happy Breed (1944)

David Lean/Noël Coward film about a London family between the wars

Thumbnail image of Trottie True (1948)Trottie True (1948)

Lavish, Technicolor romance with Jean Kent as a rising music-hall star

Thumbnail image of Trouble In Store (1953)Trouble In Store (1953)

Comedy in which Norman Wisdom foils a robbery in a department store.

Thumbnail image of Way Ahead, The (1944)Way Ahead, The (1944)

Inspiring propaganda film following the making of an Army unit

Thumbnail image of Way We Live, The (1946)Way We Live, The (1946)

Documentary about the postwar rebuilding of Plymouth

Thumbnail image of Way to the Stars, The (1945)Way to the Stars, The (1945)

Deceptively low-key drama about RAF pilots in World War II

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