The unit provided a spring board to many of the best-known and critically acclaimed figures in the British Documentary Movement, including John Grierson, Alberto Cavalcanti, Basil Wright and Harry Watt, alongside innovators and experimentalists such as Len Lye and Norman McLaren. A hotbed of creative energy and talent, it provided a spring board to many of the best-known and critically acclaimed figures in the British Documentary Movement. The combined presence of Grierson and Cavalcanti led to a hugely innovative period in British film history. According to Denis Foreman's memoir, such fusions later fascinated the Italian Neo-Realists. The discs are presented in a deluxe box with an 80-page bound book. Subtitles: English Release Date: 22 Sept.
Music by Benjamin Britten A Colour Box Len Lye Animation With 1934 Alberto Cavalcanti Comedy, starring J. Cavalcanti's reign also saw the production of Humphrey Jennings' masterful Spare Time 1939 , an imaginatively edited catalogue of working-class Britain at play. The inventiveness and joie de vivre of Len Lye's short Colour Box are still remarkable, and the romantic silliness of John Atkins Saves Up and of the tongue-in-cheek morality tale Pett and Pott is delightful. During his spell in charge 1933-1937 , Grierson oversaw the creation of a film school that he attempted to direct towards a socially useful purpose. Titled Addressing The Nation, it comprises fifteen titles from the years 1933 to 1935, including. You can help Wikipedia by.
Budgets were small and rigorously enforced to the extent that an overspend on Night Mail 1936 nearly signalled the end of the Unit. The unit provided a spring board to many of the best-known and critically acclaimed figures in the British Documentary Movement, including John Grierson, Alberto Cavalcanti, Basil Wright and Harry Watt, alongside innovators and experimentalists such as Len Lye and Norman McLaren. Night Mail Made up of a dedicated, largely youthful Britten was only 22 when he joined in 1935 , but badly paid group of individuals the creative impact of the Unit has been immense. Priestley on the communications revolution The year of North Sea, plus animated classics by McLaren and Reiniger The final year, before it was taken over by the Ministry of Information Humphrey Jennings' Spare Time, The Islanders. Playful and humane, Jennings' delightfully undidactic film was exhibited at the New York International Exhibition of 1939 as an example of an emerging 'new Britain. Rainbow Dance 1936 was even released in a programme of Surrealist and Avant-Garde films.
It was a typically experimental move. Each volume is very well presented and includes a slip case with a comprehensive, illustrated booklet. There is also some information here:. A hotbed of creative energy and talent, it provided a springboard to many of the best-known and critically acclaimed figures in the British Documentary Movement. London: British Film Institute, 2011 338p. They include documentary, animation, advertising, public information films, drama-documentary and satirical comedy on a range of subjects, from postal rates to working class pastimes. Thus, for example, massive government investment in the telephone network saw the production of instructional films such as Telephone Workers 1933 , an early attempt to help train a large staff that was spread over several geographically distinct sites.
Does anyone have any information about this film? Running Time: 257 minutes Region: Region 2 Subtitles: English Release Date: 23 Feb. For anyone interested in mid-twentieth century British documentary films this is an excellent opportunity to catch up on some rarely seen delights. Now led by the sensitive producer, Ian Dalrymple, this was perhaps the Unit's most triumphant phase, ironic considering the amount of governmental opposition that Tallents and the Film Unit had faced in peacetime. This, the first of three volumes, provides an exploration of the unit's early experimentation with sound and features the award-winning 'Song of Ceylon' 1934 and other neglected works, many of which will be available for the first time since their original release. The documentary style saw its high point in the celebrated Night Mail 1936 where the journey of the overnight postal express for Euston to Glasgow is told through the eyes of those who work on the train; making the working man the screen hero. It features Basil Wright's award-winning Song of Ceylon and Len Lye's A Colour Box; the critically acclaimed Weather Forecast; Coal Face - directed by Alberto Cavalcanti, and Auden and Britten's precursor to Night Mail and other neglected works, many of which will be available for the first time since their original release.
John Grierson, Alberto Cavalcanti, Humphrey Jennings, Basil Wright, Harry Watt, Edgar Anstey and Arthur Elton, alongside innovators and experimentalists such as Len Lye and Norman McLaren are some of the directors whose work embraced public information films, drama-documentary, social reportage, animation and advertising. Today the films provide a fascinating insight into the history of communications in the 20th Century and of course, postal history. Some of the films are a reminder of a bygone era and some are still strangely relevant; documenting the difficulties of delivering mail to a flooded village or promoting the Post Office Savings Bank which was secured by government backing in a money sensitive post-depression age. Addressing the Nation contains 15 films from the period 1933-1935 and provides a fascinating exploration of the unit's early experimentation with sound. More of these 30's films ought to be made available. The unit was established in 1933, taking on responsibilities of the Film Unit.
Please read our by clicking. He was later joined by the Brazilian Alberto Cavalcanti, who had a reputation for experimenting with sound and music in film and eventually moved on to work at Ealing Studios. I have seen some of the films in the past and am looking forward to viewing them all again, I am sure the titles new to me will not disappoint. This volume contains films produced during the years 1939-40 and its content, taken chronologically, offers a fascinating insight into the gradual creep into World War Two: it begins with The City, full of optimism for the benefits offered by London's redevelopment; to If War Should Come itself, with its advice on building shelters and talk of potential personal sacrifices. Directors who worked for the unit included , , , , and a young.
We do our best to fulfill orders as quickly as we can. My absolute favourite is Sixpenny Telegram, a wonderfully youthful, joyful hymn with Britten's music to a now-vanished symbol of modernity, convenience and speed. . Among the films it produced were 's and 's 1936 , featuring music by and poetry by , which is the best known. A second volume, We Live In Two Worlds was released in February 2009, with 22 films covering the period 1936 to 1938, and includes.