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Atoms at Work
A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at Harwell's nuclear research establishment and the peaceful applications of atomic energy.
1952 11 mins
The scenes shot inside a nuclear facility may look like something out of a 1950s sci-fi movie, but this carefully -crafted, state-sponsored documentary is anything but. Its purpose was to promote the work of British scientists and their research into peaceful applications of atomic energy - particularly the use of radioisotopes in industry and medicine. But despite the film's reassurances about the safety of transporting radioactive materials, viewers may be alarmed at the notion of flying in an aeroplane with radioisotopes at its wing tips!
The March of Time
Inside Nazi Germany
Documentary 1938 16 mins
A genuinely historic film, which caused much controversy at the time: the first commercially -released American motion picture to explicitly attack Hitler and Nazism.
Salt Lake City; Amateur Sleuths; The Land of Cotton
Anthology 1937 20 mins
Idle Mormons, angry cotton pickers and a boom in detective fiction: a mix of intriguing and provocative stories set against a turbulent background of unemployment and recession.
It’s in the Groove
Documentary 1949 18 mins
Witness the rise of the record industry, from its primitive beginnings to the unveiling of the formats that would revolutionise the world of popular music: the LP and the single.
Documentary 1949 18 mins
Drama on-stage and behind the scenes, from auditions to first night reviews, as The March of Time raises the curtain on the 1948 Broadway production of ‘Anne of the Thousand Days’.
General Douglas Macarthur; Geneva; The Invasion Of Ethiopia
Anthology 1936 20 mins
A sinister, bearded figure walks the streets of Paris at dawn. Follow French public executioner Pierre Deibler, as he travels with his guillotine, to perform his deadly trade.
Sailors with Wings
1941 20 mins
Hair-raising footage of a US Navy dive bomber squadron in action puts the viewer in the cockpit, in this account of the ever-growing importance of the US navy’s air force in 1941.
Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
1935 9 mins
Let it bleed? This exemplary education film gets to the heart of the matter.
U.A.B. (Workers Newsreel No.3)
Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
The Merry Month of May
1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.