The Blitz: London's Longest Night

90 min


An unexploded fire bomb

was found in Rotterdam today.

The Germans dropped

the bomb in May, 1940...

...during the blitz of the city center.

The blitz lasted 15 minutes,

killed 800 people...

...and 80, 000 Rotterdammers

lost their home.

The City of Rotterdam thinks there are

only a few unexploded bombs left.

They don't pose a danger

to public safety.

The bomb disposal squad

will blow up the fire bomb soon.

The Blitz is the worst thing

that ever happened to me.

But if I could do it all over again,

I'd still move to Rotterdam.

And, as a baker's assistant,

deliver bread early in the morning.

I'd still have fun with my

brother until the day...

...Eva crossed my path.

I'd still put on a monkey suit...

...and line up obediently.

Keep quiet with my head held high... be barked at

by wealthy customers... Eva's future husband.

For as long as my future wife stays

here, she can't lack for anything.

Got that?

I wouldn't care how her fianc behaved.

Because thanks to him,

she entered my life.

A classy lady.

Congratulations, Mr Lagerwaard.


She's older than my mother.

I wouldn't change anything about

those first few days in May, 1940.

Otherwise I'd never have met her.

Welcome, my love.

I'd kiss you somewhere else entirely.

Looking for trouble, moron?

Welcome, Frau Eva.

-Thank you.

We wish you...

We wish you a beautiful wedding.

- Your German is wonderful.

Let me show you the way.

My parents?

- Left Hamburg this morning.

And my brother?

- The payment has been accepted.

We lived in two separate worlds.

Eva in luxury...

...and I with holes in my socks.

Under normal circumstances,

we'd never have met.

Everything to your satisfaction, madam?

- I expected tulips.

Dad, will we get a present?

But sometimes fate lends a helping hand.

One wrong button

and suddenly she looked at me.

I'll never forget that first look.

That was very kind

of your new mom.

She's got remarkable eyes, right?

- Who?

That slutty maid?

- No, that German woman.

Just wait till we get to America.

Beautiful women with beautiful eyes.

Enjoy them to your heart's content.

What's so remarkable about her eyes?

- They're not just one color.

They're blue and grey

and a bit darker on the outside.

The pupils are black as coal.

- Coal?


Time for the final in the open weight class

between two great guys.

They're both good in a brawl.

The first prize

is nothing to be sneezed at.

It's a boat trip to

the United States of America...

...sponsored by the Holland-America Line.

We're going to America, you and me.

That ain't nothing, ladies and gentlemen.

In the left corner we have

a bag of bones.

With light blue trousers

Vincent de Graaf.

Punch back!

Keep steady.

Stay covered.

May 10, 1940

I understood why Eva wanted to marry

a rich Rotterdammer.

Rotterdam was a bustling port city

with a lot of prospects.

No one was worried.

The Netherlands wasn't bothered

by Nazis and war.

Our country was neutral.

OK, so our army had mobilized.

But what could happen to us?

Nothing, right?

Thanks to her upcoming marriage,

Eva was all set.

My brother and I were poor wretches.

But we were cheerful

and not afraid of anyone.

Then our paths crossed.

Hurry, OK?

Good morning.

You're out early.

Going for a stroll?

My German is impeccable, right?

The Willems bridge!

Where is the Willems bridge?

- I honestly don't know. Sorry.

To the left, right and then straight ahead.

- OK, thanks.

We don't have enough ammo.

- Don't whine, fight.

You speak Dutch?

- My mother grew up in Rotterdam.

I lived in Utrecht for the past ten years.

Now you're wondering what an Utrechter

is doing in Rotterdam.

Where are you going?

- The White House.

Want a lift?

Aren't you afraid of war?

- No. We remain neutral.

That thing is huge.

Can you get all of it in the picture?

- 43 meters high.

The first skyscraper built in Europe.

In New York the buildings

scrape the sky.

Late 19th-century design.

My father designed the parquet flooring.

Shall I take your picture?

Wind it.

The other way.

That's right.



-it's just an exercise.


Reload. Aim. Fire.

We have to go to Hotel Atlanta.

- Get out of here. It's dangerous.


Reload. Aim. Fire!

I want to get out.


My grandma always says:

When people are afraid, make them laugh.

Do you ever laugh?

Hitler's going to kill everyone.

- lt won't be that bad.

You probably don't read the papers?

- I read The Fist, as it happens.

The Fist. Some communist rag?

It's a boxing magazine,

with exciting pictures.


Yes, pictures.

Ladies and Gentlemen!

You won't believe your eyes!

The strongest man on earth

lifts an elephant!

Ain't no ocean deeper.

Ain't no mountain higher.

Ain't no elephant heavier.

Yuck, that stench.

The strongest man on earth

slain by a fart.

But you did laugh.

- I laughed at you.

Makes no difference.

Pleased to meet you. Eva von Heerle.

- Vincent.

Vincent de Graaf. Pleased to meet you.


The Krauts captured the south bank.

- Hope they burn in hell.

Your fianc is waiting for you.

You better hurry inside.

Thanks and...

...see you later.

- You won't. We're leaving.

Forever. To America.

- Well, good luck then.

I forgot the birthday cake

for Dirk's youngest daughter.

I'll take care of it.

Eva, finally!

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Louise Osmond

Louise Osmond is a British documentary filmmaker. Osmond graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in modern history. Before she became a filmmaker, Osmond worked as a journalist and editor in Brussels, Paris, Rome and Africa. During this time, she was working in the news journalism graduate trainee for the UK network ITN. Some of Osmond's film titles include: Deep Water (2006), Blitz: London`s Firestorm (2005), The Beckoning Silence (2007), McQueen and I (2011), Richard III: The King in the Car Park (2013), and Dark Horse (2015). Osmond most well known recent films include Dark Horse (2015) and Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach (2016). Dark Horse is the true story of a group of friends from a British working men's club who decide to breed a racehorse. Raised on a slagheap allotment, their foal grows into an unlikely champion, beating the finest thoroughbreds in the land, before suffering a near fatal accident. Nursed back to health by the love of his owners - for whom he's become a source of inspiration and hope - he makes a remarkable recovery, returning to the race track for a heart-stopping comeback. Osmond has won the International Emmy Award for Documentary and had been nominated for the News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Programming – Long Form and the British Academy Television Award for Best Specialist Factual for her work. more…

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