The Way Plymouth Lived, 1946

Here's the famous documentary made by Jill Craigie filmed in war-damaged Plymouth, 1946.  

The Way We Live features a fictional family going about their business, as well as a whole lot of folk playing themselves, from local councillors to Patrick Abercrombie, the great planning guru of the age, and James Paton Watson, the city's planner. Together these two colourful figures present their 1943 Plan for Plymouth, one of the first big postwar rebuilding schemes.

The film is charming, full of character and detail, and shows just what a great journalist Craigie was. Incidentally, while making The Way We Live the director met the local MP, a young and dynamic figure, Michael Foot, and they soon married.


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