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Title Silent Britain / a BBC and BFI co-production ; producer, David Thompson.

Published London : British Film Institute, 2006.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 videodisc (DVD) (88 minutes) : sound, colour with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
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.
Performers Commentary: Michael Eaton, Bryony Dixon, Frank Gray, Ian Christie.
Summary 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.
Original Version Originally broadcast as a documentary [Great Britain] : BBC, 2004.
System notes DVD (PAL, region 2)
Other author Thompson, David M.
Sweet, Matthew, 1964-
Eaton, Michael.
Dixon, Bryony.
Gray, Frank.
Christie, Ian, 1945-
Brunel, Adrian, 1892-1958.
British Broadcasting Corporation.
British Film Institute.
Subject Novello, Ivor, 1893-1951.
Balfour, Betty, 1903-1977.
Edwards, Henry, 1882-1952.
White, Chrissie, 1895-1989.
Rescued by rover (Motion picture)
Battle of the Somme (Motion picture)
Blair (Dog)
Silent films -- Great Britain -- History and criticism.
Motion pictures -- Great Britain -- History.
Other title Cut it out.
Standard Number 5035673007280
Publisher Number BFIVD728