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Great Britain Post Office Film Unit

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Works: 100 works in 141 publications in 1 language and 609 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sources  Documentary films  Pictorial works 
Classifications: E179, 978
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Most widely held works about Great Britain
 
Most widely held works by Great Britain
Addressing the nation by Great Britain( Visual )
4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume contains 15 films from the period 1933-1935 and provides a fascinating exploration of the unit's early experimentation with sound
The plow that broke the plains The river by Pare Lorentz( Visual )
4 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A compilation of 2 documentary films. The first work is the story of America's Great Plains, which details the area's history, the ravages of drought, and the migration of farmers to the Pacific Coast during the Dust Bowl era. The second work, by Britain's GPO Film Unit documents an overnight mail delivery route as an homage to the British postal and railway systems
We live in two worlds the GPO Film Unit Collection vol. 2 by Great Britain( Visual )
3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This, the second of three volumes, covers the period 1936-1938 and represents the GPO Film Unit at its creative height - including much-loved classics such as Night Mail, the experimental animations of Len Lye and Norman McLaren, and Harry Watt's first forays into drama documentary with The saving of Bill Blewitt and North Sea, as well as other neglected works, many of which will be available for the first time since their original release" -- Container
Documentary masterpieces five documentaries circa 1931 to 1960 by John Grierson ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A compilation of documentary films. Industrial Britain examines Britain's factories and mines during the early 1930s. A colour box is an experimental film in which abstract images dance across the screen to Latin music. Granton trawler is about fishermen engaged in dragnet fishing off the coast of Scotland. The private lives of the gannets is a study of the behaviour patterns and lives of a bird colony of gannets situated on Grassholm Island, Wales. Seawards the great ships examines the Clyde River in Scotland to observe men assembling materials, constructing, and launching a variety of vessels
Night mail by Harry Watt( Visual )
11 editions published between 1936 and 2009 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Post haste is a film celebrating 150 years history of the Travelling Post Office which revolutionised the sorting and delivery of mail
If war should come ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume contains 18 films from the period 1939-1941 and provides a fascinating and poignant insight into a nation on the cusp of war and its transition to the brutal realities of lie in the Blitz
The complete Humphrey Jennings by Humphrey Jennings( Visual )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Widely considered to be one of Britain's greatest filmmakers, Humphrey Jennings has long been celebrated as the director of works which beautifully capture the everyday heroism in times of war and peace. This, the first of three volumes which collect together Jennings' entire output, gathers 14 films from 19340-1940 and provides a fascinating insight into his early days as a filmmaker learning and developing his craft"--Container
The complete Humphrey Jennings by Humphrey Jennings( Visual )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Widely considered to be one of Britain's greatest filmmakers, Humphrey Jennings has long been celebrated as one of the cinema's true poets. This, the second of three volumes which brings together his entire directorial output, features five films made between 1941-1943 which show Jennings at the peak of his tragically short but outstanding career."--Container
Thirties Britain ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1990 and 2006 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Song of Ceylon by Basil Wright( Visual )
2 editions published in 1934 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines the lifestyle of the Ceylonese people, observing their architecture, customs and ceremonies. Shows the harvesting of copra and tea and the dancing of the Islanders
30's Britain ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Granton Trawler: About a trawler fishing on the Viking Bank. Coal face: An experiment in sound in a coal mine. A job in a million: A young cockney lad trains as a messenger boy with the Post Office. Spare time: Films of workers in the steel, cotton and coal industries during their leisure time. The city: Shows the growth and development of London, and how the Post Office helped ease congestion with its own underground railway
A colour box by Len Lye( Visual )
3 editions published in 1935 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Abstract images dance across the screen to lively latin music
We live in two worlds the GPO Film Unit collection ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Benjamin Britten ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The early British documentary films Coal Face heroized miners, while Night Mail heroized postal workers. Both films depicted industrial and communication activities that were central to Britain's role as an imperial power in the 1930's. Instruments of the Orchestra and Steps of the Ballet examine artistic, rather than industrial, practices. The latter shows Britten working on a ballet with the Sadler's Wells Company and concludes with its performance
England in the thirties Granton trawler, Pett and Pott, North Sea ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Granton trawler is a documentary study of fishermen engaged in dragnet fishing in the 1930's off the coast of Scotland. Pett and Pott is a mock morality tale created to promote telephone use in which the admirable Petts invest in phone service, while the decadent Potts use their money for a maid. The North Sea reenacts the fate of a storm-tossed ship in distress and features the activities of the GPO and its radio stations along the coast
Britain at war the first days ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
[Squadron 992]: A compelling drama-documentary about the training of a balloon squadron and its first assignment to the Forth Bridge, which had just been unsuccessfully raided
Night mail, West Highland by Harry Watt( Visual )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Night Mail : The classic 1936 documentary of the London to Scotland Postal Special. This train carried no passengers but was manned entirely by the Post Office workers who sorted mail on board as postbags were received and dispatched at various mainline stations throughout the night. 'Night Mail' also features the classic W.H. Auden poem of the same name recited by the author himself. -- West Highland : By 1960, the reign of steam on Britain's most scenic railway, the West Highland, was drawing to its close. John Gray, a BBC producer and sound engineer with the GPO Film Unit in the 1930's, made West Highland as his tribute to this wonderful line. [container notes]
London can take it the British home front at war ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This collection features seven different wartime films looking at life in London from the outbreak of World War II through the Blitz to the V-Bomb menace. It includes Humphrey Jennings' celebrated film London Can Take It
Britain at war under fire ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
[Story of an air communiqué]: Made for the Ministry of Information to show how accurately the figures for destroyed enemy aircraft were compiled and checked
Documentary masterpieces by John Grierson ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A compilation of documentary films. Industrial Britain examines Britain's factories and mines during the early 1930s. A colour box is an experimental film in which abstract images dance across the screen to Latin music. Granton trawler is about fishermen engaged in dragnet fishing off the coast of Scotland. The private lives of the gannets is a study of the behavior patterns and lives of a bird colony of gannets situated on Grassholm Island, Wales. Seawards the great ships examines the Clyde River in Scotland to observe men assembling materials, constructing, and launching a variety of vessels
 
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