An extract from Alexander Korda’s 1936 film of H.G. Wells 1933 book The Shape of Things to Come, in which war and plague devastate mankind until the setting up of a beneficent ‘Dictatorship of the Air’. In this famous sequence from the start of the film, an air raid hits a town (from about 2 minutes 30 seconds in). The film – whilst probably more of a critical than a commercial success – was fairly popular on its release (thanks to Brett Holman for this information). Things to think about: What does this extract tell us about the public discussion of airpower between the wars? How effective is it as a piece of film-making? Should we see the reactions of the crowd in the film as typical of pre-war fears?