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The History of John Gilpin becomes even more diverting when paired with illustrations by Ronald Searle
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1951 10 mins
If you haven’t already been diverted by the history of John Gilpin, or would like to venture that way again, you couldn’t find a better accompaniment than the drawings of Ronald Searle. The BFI commissioned four films from Halas & Bactchelor to be screened in the “Telekinema” for the Festival of Britain. Pitched as an experiment in combining verse with illustrations, this fourth and last edition was the only one that contained a single work, with plenty of room to breath.
The Animator’s Art
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1955 20 mins
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1952 22 mins
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Detective drama 1944 19 mins
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Documentary 1905 4 mins
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Non-Fiction 1904 2 mins Silent
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