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Land of promise : the British documentary movement 1930-1950.

Author: Robert Joseph FlahertyPaul RothaArthur EltonE H AnsteyBasil WrightAll authors
Publisher: London : BFI Video, 2008.
Edition/Format:   DVD video   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Featuring 40 films ... this extensive collection is a major retrospective of the British documentary-film movement during its period of greatest influence. These films--many of which are available here for the first time since their original release--capture the spirit and strength, concerns and resolve of Britain and its people before, during and after the Second World War" (container).
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Genre/Form: DVD-Video
Films for the hearing impaired
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Feature films
History
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Joseph Flaherty; Paul Rotha; Arthur Elton; E H Anstey; Basil Wright; Humphrey Jennings; Ruby Grierson; Ralph Bond; Donald Alexander; Harry Watt; Geoffrey Bell; James Carr; Jack Lee; J B Holmes; J D Chambers; John Page; Ralph Keene; Stewart McAllister; Pat Jackson; Pat Anderson; Gerard Bryant; Michael Law; Francis Gysin; Ken Annakin; Jack Ellit; Terry Bishop; Kay Mander; Peter Pickering; Peter Bradford; Paul Dickson; BFI Film and Video Distribution.
OCLC Number: 233973427
Language Note: In English with optional SDH subtitles in English.
Notes: Contains forty British documentaries produced between 1930 and 1950.
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Bonus features: John Grierson at the NFT (1959) ; Close up: recollections of British documentary (2007).
Description: 4 videodiscs (720 min.) : b&w, col., sd. ; 4 3/4 in. + booklet (92 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)
Details: DVD-Video; region 2.
Contents: Disc 1. Industrial Britain / Robert Flaherty (1931); Shipyard / Paul Rotha (1935) ; Workers and jobs / Arthur Elton (1935) ; Housing problems / Arthur Elton and Edgar Anstey (1937) ; Children at school / Basil Wright (1937) ; Farewell topsails / Humphrey Jennings (1937) ; Today we live / Ruby Grierson and Ralph Bond (1937) ; Eastern Valley / Donald Alexander (1937) ; People of Britain / Paul Rotha (1936) ; If war should come (1939) --
Disc 2. Britain at bay / Harry Watt (1940) ; Transfer of skill / Geoffrey Bell (1940) ; tThey also serve / Ruby Grierson (19400 ; Tomorrow is theirs / James Carr (1940) ; Words for battle / Humphrey Jennings (1941) ; Ordinary people / Jack Lee, J.B. Holmes (1941) ; Five and under / Donald Alexander (1941) ; Night shift / J.D. Chambers (1942) ; The countrywomen / John Page (1942) ; Summer on the farm / Ralph Keene (1943) ; Listen to Britain / Humphrey Jennings and Stewart McAllister (1942) ; Builders / Pat Jackson (1942) ; Words and actions / Max Anderson (1943) ; A diary for Timothy / Humphrey Jennings (1946) --
Disc 3. Land of promise / Paul Rotha (1946) ; The balance / Paul Rotha (1947) ; What a life! / Michael Law (1948) ; The dim little island / Humphrey Jennings (1948) ; Britain can make it (No 1) / Francis Gysin (1946) ; Fenlands / Ken Annakin (1945) ; Children's charter / Gerard Bryant (1945) ; Chasing the blues / J.D. Chambers and Jack Ellitt (1947) ; Cotton come back / Donald Alexander (1946) ; Five towns / Terry Bishop (1947) --
Disc 4. A plan to work on / Kay Mander (1948) ; Mining review 2nd Year No. 11 / Peter Pickering (1949) ; From the ground up (1950) ; Transport / Peter Bradford (1950) ; The undefeated / Paul Dickson (1950) ; Family portrait / Humphrey Jennings (1950).

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"Featuring 40 films ... this extensive collection is a major retrospective of the British documentary-film movement during its period of greatest influence. These films--many of which are available here for the first time since their original release--capture the spirit and strength, concerns and resolve of Britain and its people before, during and after the Second World War" (container).

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