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Documentary, Short Films, Silent
English (English subtitles)
This specially curated collection aims to illustrate how the Soviet montage films of the 1930s had a profound influence on the filmmaking approach and style adopted by several British documentarians of the time. As the title suggests, it charts the influence directly from Viktor Turin’s Turksib to John Grierson and Basil Wright's Night Mail. Both films are included, and the audience is invited to see the stylistic and thematic similarities. Both are early instances of cinema being used to inform and shape popular opinion about everyday life, while exploring the formal, artistic and poetic potential of the medium.
British World War II propaganda film about a small English village whose citizens must defend it after it's infiltrated by disguised German soldiers.
11+ years 88 mins
British postal service shorts from the 1930s, made by young British filmmakers encouraged to record the world around them in an innovative style.
11+ years 300 mins
An experimental early Soviet documentary that's still an incredible viewing experience today.
14+ years 68 mins
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