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Silent Britain

Author: David ThompsonMatthew SweetMichael EatonBryony DixonFrank GrayAll authors
Publisher: London : British Film Institute, 2006.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : PAL color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A journey through the first three decades of British cinema, when the cinema was silent and hugely popular. Cecil Hepworth's Rescued by Rover was re-shot twice as the original negative wore out, while The Battle of the Somme released in 1916, was watched by an estimated 20 million people. Britain had its share of glamorous starlets and leading men including Ivor Novello, Betty Balfour, Henry Edwards and Chrissie  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Nonfiction films
Feature films
Short films
Named Person: Ivor Novello; Betty Balfour; Henry Edwards; Chrissie White
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: David Thompson; Matthew Sweet; Michael Eaton; Bryony Dixon; Frank Gray; Ian Christie; Adrian Brunel; British Broadcasting Corporation.; British Film Institute.
OCLC Number: 271342655
Notes: Originally broadcast on the BBC in 2004.
Special features: Interview with silent-film composer Neil Brand ; short film 'Cut it out' directed by Adrian Brunel (1925) ; stills gallery.
Credits: Writer, Matthew Sweet ; exec. producer, David Okuefuna ; series producer, Mary Sackville-West.
Performer(s): Commentary: Michael Eaton, Bryony Dixon, Frank Gray, Ian Christie.
Description: 1 videodisc (DVD) (88 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD (PAL, region 2).
Contents: Introduction --
Three pioneers --
George Albert Smith --
James Williamson --
R W Paul --
Charles Urban --
Cecil Hepworth --
Before and after the war --
Unsung stars --
Ivor Novello --
Ordinary people --
Sex and censorship --
THe late greats --
The shock of sound --
Blackmail --
Our Piccadilly.
Other Titles: Cut it out.
Responsibility: a BBC and BFI co-production ; producer, David Thompson.

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A journey through the first three decades of British cinema, when the cinema was silent and hugely popular. Cecil Hepworth's Rescued by Rover was re-shot twice as the original negative wore out, while The Battle of the Somme released in 1916, was watched by an estimated 20 million people. Britain had its share of glamorous starlets and leading men including Ivor Novello, Betty Balfour, Henry Edwards and Chrissie White and Blair, the world's first canine movie star, who lit up the screens. Fully illustrated throughout with film clips from the first British sex comedy in 1898 to Britain's first talkie in 1929-- Hitchcock's Blackmail.

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