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Hovis: Boy on the Bike
Advert19741 mins Location: Shaftesbury
A classic slice of British advertising history, though that hill's not as Northern as it looks...
The magic of a real solar eclipse filmed by a famous magician
Father's Picnic on the Sands
Edwardian comedy in which a father turns to beer when his large family holiday goes wrong.
To the Four Corners
Travelogue195727 mins Location: Cardiff/Caerdydd
Haunting colour travelogue taking in Ulster, Lewis, Lincoln and Cardiff's Tiger Bay.
ABC in Sound
Animation & Artists Moving Image19332 mins
Hand-drawn sound experiment by Bauhaus professor László Moholy-Nagy.
Fifty Years of Ascot Fashions
Amateur film198623 minsSilent Location: Ascot
Fascinating panorama of a half-century of sartorial choices at Royal Ascot...some better judged than others
The Magic Extinguisher
Trick film19012 minsSilent
You'll never guess quite what this chap can hide under his cone...
Current affairs19804 mins Location: Somerset
The Buxtons decide to live the good life in Somerset.
Panorama of the Paris Exhibition No. 3
An unusual view of Paris, shot from a boat travelling down the Seine. You can even see the Eiffel tower - almost!
Pont Pill Monument
Current affairs19775 mins Location: Fowey
Divers have raised a large monument stone from the riverbed at Pont Pill Creek in Cornwall.
Panorama of Niagara Falls
The wonder of Niagara captured in an early film
How It Feels to Be Run Over
Trick film19001 minsSilent
A terrifying first-person brush with death at the hands of a dangerous driver