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

Released on 28 April 2008

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Extensive collection is a major retrospective of the British documentary film movement during its period of greatest influence. These films many of which are made 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. These diverse and compelling films are fascinating historical documents, bearing witness to the social and industrial transformations of the rapidly changing world. Yet they are also striking in their different approach to the form. Using poetry, dramatic reconstruction, modernist techniques and explicit propaganda, the film-makers found fresh, new ways to get their message across.
  • This set is accompanied by an extensive illustrated booklet - 96 pages with introduction by Patrick Russell, Snr Curator (Non Fiction) at BFI National Archive. A series of introductory essays on documentary film-making in the '30s, wartime, post war periods. Biographies and analysis of the key contributors in the documentary movement in this period. The collection contains both classic documentaries and lesser known films, including Paul Rotha's Shipyard (1935), Arthur Elton's Housing Problems (1935) and Humphrey Jenning's sublime Words For Battle (1941), Listen To Britain (1942) and emotive A Diary For Timothy (1946). Also featured are films from directors such as Ruby Grierson (Today We Live, 1937), Basil Wright (Children At School, 1937), Paul Dickson (The Undefeated, 1950) and Donal Alexander (Five And Under, 1941).

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CertificateExempt from Classification
ScreenFullscreen 4:3
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.