Cambridge

This is pretty much how I remember it.

Here is a short film about life in Cambridge, in particular in the University of Cambridge, as the war drew to a close in 1945. It is laced with low-key propaganda – much is made of intellectual freedom, for instance – and in some ways is peculiar to its age (everyone smokes as if there were no tomorrow, for example, which in wartime I suppose is a reasonable line to take; and the students are almost universally referred to as ‘men’), but some shots of bicycle traffic around Market Square and Regent Street and Silver Street could have been taken yesterday, as could the opening shots of graduation ceremonies at Senate House. Cambridge in the twentieth century, as today, was an odd mix of rapid development and geological stillness.

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