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Documentary, Period and Historical, Short Films, Silent
The past comes vividly to life in this unique visual record of Ireland at the turn of the 20th century. Compiled from silent footage, stumbled upon in the 1990s, these black-and-white, Local Films for Local People provide a rich insight into the way individuals lived across the social divide. So while VIPs in one instance enjoy the Cork International Exhibition, street scenes of Dublin, Wexford and Belfast offer an eye-opening contrast, with their shots of ordinary folks and, in some cases, the poverty they endured. Ultimately, it's fascinating and often fun to see how much times have changed - a fact captured most charmingly in the many scenic shorts, including a 1901 horse-drawn tram ride through Belfast.
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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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