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Documentary, Period and Historical, Short Films, Silent
You don't need to enjoy sport to appreciate this remarkable window on Britain's past. Compiled from rediscovered silent documentary footage, shot in black and white more than a century ago, it's a fascinating mix of action and crowd scenes that vividly captures some of the sporting and leisure events enjoyed by our Edwardian ancestors. Naturally, football features prominently (including Newcastle v Liverpool in 1901, plus Bradford City's first ever game), while an early 'throwing' storm at Old Trafford demonstrates that cricketing controversy isn't a modern occurrence. Elsewhere, film of athletics championships, cycling races and rugby league are both entertaining and illuminating, giving a far more meaningful picture of ordinary people's lives than any history book could.
E means that the film's distributor believes the film to be 'exempt' from a BBFC age rating. E certificate films are often designed to inform, educate or instruct.
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Collection of 22 radical, socially conscious documentaries made by the British postal service's film production arm in the lead-up to World War Two.
11+ years 269 mins
This collection on four DVDs brings together a wide range of both classic and lesser-known documentaries made in Britain between 1930 and 1950.
11+ years 720 mins
Landmark silent drama, shot in 1929, tracking the lives of various Berliners for 24 hours.
11+ years 73 mins
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