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||IMDB Rating: 7.4/10 from N/A votes
||Release: 31 May 2006 /
||Director: David Thompson,
||Synopsis: A documentary about the early years of silent films made in Britain. Showing that it wasn't just a few, easily dismissed comedies, but many high quality films including some very popular ...
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In the early says of cinema, Britain was one of the pioneers of the
medium, producing thousands of short films and using styles and
techniques for the first time that would become so common to be
unnoticeable now. This documentary uses clips and the odd contribution
to build a history of the films, directors, producers and actors from
The film opens with the fact that the BFI only holds hundreds of films
from the period in their vault despite their having been thousands
made. It goes on to discuss the accepted wisdom about the birth of
cinema in the UK and how many records quote the universally harsh
critics of the time despite never having seen the films themselves.
This has led to the accepted wisdom being all about Hollywood being on
the cutting edge all alone with the UK industry at the time being
compared to how it is now. It is an unfair history of the period and
one that this film and presenter Matt Sweet seeks to address.
This is done by building from the very early stage of cinema in the UK
and indeed three men who all tried and failed to make "moving images"
work before anyone else managed it are covered up front. Sweet carries
this path on, chronologically going through the main films and players,
providing detail and discussion on and around them. For this reason it
is an interesting and engaging documentary for anyone with a passing
interest in film history. The film doesn't have many strong
contributions from people other than Sweet and, although this is a
minor problem it is perhaps an understandable one given the time that
has passed and the fact that the history is so thin on the ground in
Casual viewers vaguely interested in cinema history will find it
accessible and easy to follow and it is affectionate and detailed
enough to appeal to those with a passion for the subject as well.
Probably helps to have picked up a DVD featuring British silent shorts
or have downloaded some from the BFI but even with no previous
knowledge it is an engaging documentary.
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