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Festival Archive Treasures

Film preservation and restoration is a vital part of our work. This collection represents moments in time, salvaged for a second chance to awe, enrich and entertain a new audience. They reflect human endeavour, on and off screen.

As BFI Ambassador Tom Hiddleston said, "We can’t predict the future of film. But we can preserve its past."

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Festival Archive Treasures
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Shooting Stars
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Shooting Stars 1928 PG

Anthony Asquith's (A Cottage on Dartmoor, Underground), fabulous silent film set in a British movie studio in the 1920s.

103 mins United Kingdom Director. Anthony Asquith

Anthony Asquith's fabulous film set in Britain's silent-era filmmaking scene.

- Archive Gala 2015

Presented with a dazzling new score by renowned composer John Altman.

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The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands
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The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands 1927 PG

This dramatic reconstruction of two decisive naval battles from the First World War is one of the finest films of the British silent era.

105 mins United Kingdom Director. Walter Summers

Stirring First World War film presented with a newly commissioned score

- Archive Gala 2014

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Far from the Madding Crowd 1967 U

Terence Stamp and Julie Christie star in the classic adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s tale of tragedy and passion.

168 mins USA Director. John Schlesinger

Terence Stamp and Julie Christie star in Thomas Hardy's classic tale of tragedy and passion

Stunning new restoration supported by BFI's Unlocking Film Heritage programme

- Archive Treasures 2014

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Animal Farm 1954 U

Sixty years young, this British cartoon of George Orwell’s political ‘fairy story’ is still the most abiding adaptation of this powerful, cautionary tale for all ages.

72 mins United Kingdom Director. Joy Batchelor, John Halas

Britain's first animated feature film remains a powerful, cautionary tale 60 years on

- Archive Treasures 2014

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The Epic of Everest 1924 U

Premiere. A breathtaking and poignant account of the valiant 1924 British assault on the awe-inspiring peak, beautifully restored by the BFI.

86 mins United Kingdom Director. J.B.L. Noel

Poignant account of the valiant 1924 British ascent, beautifully restored by the BFI

- Archive Gala 2013

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The Epic of Everest Introduction 2013

The Gala night introduction to the BFI's restoration of the official film record of the 1924 attempt to conquer Mount Everest - The Epic of Everest

United Kingdom

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The Great White Silence
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The Great White Silence 1924 U

The BFI Archive's restoration of Herbert Ponting's official film record of Captain Scott's tragic expedition to the South Pole, with a new score by Simon Fisher Turner.

108 mins United Kingdom

The BFI Archive's restoration of the official film record of Captain Scott's tragic expedition to the South Pole

- Archive Gala 2010

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The Great White Silence Gala 2010

The introduction to the 54th BFI London Film Festival's Archive Gala presentation of The Great White Silence.

United Kingdom

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Underground 1928 PG

The BFI National Archive restoration of one of Anthony Asquith's finest silent films set in London's Underground, with a new score.

81 mins United Kingdom Director. Anthony Asquith

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Journey to Italy
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Journey to Italy 1954 PG

Roberto Rossellini's acerbic but finally very moving masterpiece about marital crisis boasts great performances from Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders

106 mins Italy

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La Belle et la Bête
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La Belle et la Bête 1946 PG

Jean Cocteau’s ravishingly restored 1946 film is a cinematic classic. “Five stars. [This] magical exploration of the fairytale is a compelling and bizarre masterpiece” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

89 mins France Director. Jean Cocteau

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Victim 1961 PG

This thought-provoking classic stars Dirk Bogarde as a homosexual lawyer who risks his career to hunt down a blackmailer.

100 mins United Kingdom Director. Basil Dearden

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Winstanley 1975 PG

An authentic historical drama about the visionary Gerrard Winstanley who led a group of impoverished 'Diggers' to assert their common rights.

96 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Mollo, Kevin Brownlow

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The Witches 12

Joan Fontaine stars as an ex-missionary drawn to investigate the sinister undercurrents beneath the surface of English village life.

Director. Cyril Frankel

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Cosmopolitan London
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Cosmopolitan London 1924

An extraordinary tour of Soho's French cafés, Clerkenwell's Little Italy and the lesser-trodden streets of Limehouse in the 1920s.

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Frank Miller, Harry B. Parkinson

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Dickens' London
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Dickens' London 1924

Part of Wonderful London, the BFI National Archive’s programme of restored London travelogues, filmed in the capital in the 1920s.

11 mins United Kingdom

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Flowers of London
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Flowers of London 1924

Part of Wonderful London, the BFI National Archive’s programme of restored London travelogues, filmed in the capital in the 1920s.

10 mins United Kingdom

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London's Sunday
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London's Sunday 1924

Part of Wonderful London, the BFI National Archive’s programme of restored London travelogues, filmed in the capital in the 1920s.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Harry B. Parkinson, Frank Miller

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London off the Track
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London off the Track 1924

Part of Wonderful London, the BFI National Archive’s programme of restored London travelogues, filmed in the capital in the 1920s.

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Harry B. Parkinson, Frank Miller

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London Old and New
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London Old and New 1924

Part of Wonderful London, the BFI National Archive’s programme of restored London travelogues, filmed in the capital in the 1920s.

10 mins United Kingdom

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London's Contrasts
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London's Contrasts 1924

Part of Wonderful London, the BFI National Archive’s programme of restored London travelogues, filmed in the capital in the 1920s.

11 mins United Kingdom

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Along Father Thames to Shepperton
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Along Father Thames to Shepperton 1924

Part of Wonderful London, the BFI National Archive’s programme of restored London travelogues, filmed in the capital in the 1920s.

11 mins United Kingdom

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Barging through London
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Barging through London 1924

Part of Wonderful London, the BFI National Archive’s programme of restored London travelogues, filmed in the capital in the 1920s.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Harry B. Parkinson, Frank Miller

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London's Free Shows
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London's Free Shows 1924

Part of Wonderful London, the BFI National Archive’s programme of restored London travelogues, filmed in the capital in the 1920s.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Harry B. Parkinson, Frank Miller

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London's Outer Ring
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London's Outer Ring 1924

Part of Wonderful London, the BFI National Archive’s programme of restored London travelogues, filmed in the capital in the 1920s.

12 mins United Kingdom

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