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Land Of Promise: The British Documentary Movement 1930 - 1950 (4 Discs)

Released on 15 November 2010

Featuring: Humphrey Jennings, Ruby Grierson & Basil Wright

Format: DVD | Rating: Exempt from Classification

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Featuring 40 films by such luminaries as Humphrey Jennings, Paul Rotha and Ruby Grierson, this collection is a major retrospective of the British documentary film movement during its period of greatest influence.

The diverse and compelling films contained here - many of which are made available for the first time since their original release - bear witness to the social and industrial transformations of a rapidly changing world.

This unique collection captures the spirit and strength, concerns and resolve of Britain and its people before, during and immediately after the Second World War.
  • Includes fully illustrated 96 page perfect bound book with contextualising essays on all of the films
  • Includes interviews with some of the directors featured on the discs
  • Includes a 15 minute film of John Grierson (the 'father' of documentary) at the National Film Theatre in 1959

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 A Social History course in one package.

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Brillant archive footage of life in Britain between 1930 to the early 1950`s. Government made inspirational footage which depicts both the positive aspects and also the deprivation of the period. Captivating footage which will fascinate anyone who enjoys black and white archive films.

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ActorsHumphrey Jennings, Ruby Grierson, Basil Wright, Donald Alexander, Linda Marlowe & Janet Bates
CertificateExempt from Classification
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired
Duration12 hours (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.