Went the Day Well?
A wartime conspiracy thriller, a black-comic nightmare and a surrealist masterpiece.Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Leslie Banks, Elizabeth Allan, Frank Lawton, Mervyn Jones,
Join us after the screening for a Film to Table dinner at Babette, the cafe at BAMPFA. Purchase dinner tickets in advance at babettecafe.com.
Made at the height of the World War II invasion scare in England, Went the Day Well? concerns the infiltration of an unsuspecting British village by sixty German paratroopers. Brazilian-born Alberto Cavalcanti’s sly, startling, and very English film, based on a story by Graham Greene, “is rather like a Hitchcock script suddenly turned over to Buñuel to direct, full of beauty, black humor, and sudden savagery” (William K. Everson). Restored by StudioCanal and the BFI, the film received rave reviews upon its rerelease a few years ago, and we’re pleased to bring it back in this special context.