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A history of the avant-garde : Britain in the thirties

Author: Basil WrightJohn GriersonR MassinghamB Vivian BraunAlberto CavalcantiAll authors
Publisher: London : BFI Film, [2000]
Edition/Format:   VHS video : PAL color broadcast system : VHS tape   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Coming from a decade which saw the founding of British realism as well as a flourishing surrealist movement, the thirteen films in this collection reveal a diversity of aesthetics and politics. Different styles and genres jostle each other from Len Lye's magical advertisement of Shell Oil, The birth of the robot, to Norman McLaren's anti-war classic Hell Unltd, while Elton and Anstey's Housing problems points to the  Read more...
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Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Basil Wright; John Grierson; R Massingham; B Vivian Braun; Alberto Cavalcanti; Arthur Elton; Len Lye; Norman McLaren; Helen Biggar; Humphrey Jennings; British Film Institute.; BFI Film and Video Distribution.
OCLC Number: 51724167
Notes: Title from cassette label.
Description: 1 videocassette (177 min.) : si. and sound, color and black and white ; 1/2 in.
Details: VHS format (PAL).
Contents: Song of Ceylon / director, Basil Wright ; producer, John Grierson (1934, 38 min.) --
Bread / Kino Production Group (1934, 11 min.) --
Tell me if it hurts / director/producer, Richard Massingham (1934, 19 min.) --
Beyond this open road / director, B. Vivian Braun (1934, 10 min.) --
Coal face / director, Alberto Cavalcanti ; producer, John Grierson (1935, 11 min.) --
Housing problems / director/producer, Arthur Elton (1935, 15 min.) --
The birth of the robot / director/producer, Len Lye (1935, 6 min.) --
A colour box / director, Len Lye ; producer, John Grierson (1935, 3 min.) --
Camera makes whoopee / director/animator, Norman McLaren (1935, 18 min.) --
Hell unltd / directors/producers, Norman McLaren, Helen Biggar --
Love on the wing / director, Norman McLaren ; producer, Alberto Cavalcanti (1938, 5 min.) --
N or NW / director, Len Lye (1938, 8 min.) --
Spare time / director, Humphrey Jennings ; producer, Alberto Cavalcanti (1939, 14 min.).
Other Titles: Song of Ceylon.
Bread.
Tell me if it hurts.
Beyond this open road.
Coal face.
Housing problems.
Birth of the robot.
Colour box.
Camera makes whoopee.
Hell unltd.
Love on the wing.
N or NW.
Spare time.
Britain in the thirties
British avant-garde in the thirties
Responsibility: [presented by] the British Film Institute.

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Coming from a decade which saw the founding of British realism as well as a flourishing surrealist movement, the thirteen films in this collection reveal a diversity of aesthetics and politics. Different styles and genres jostle each other from Len Lye's magical advertisement of Shell Oil, The birth of the robot, to Norman McLaren's anti-war classic Hell Unltd, while Elton and Anstey's Housing problems points to the future format of the television documentary.

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