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Newsreel War Compilation
Graduates of machine gun school mix with the great and the good of WWI in this eclectic mix of newsreel from WWI and after
Anthology 1925 17 mins Silent
Newsreels brought the Western Front back to British audiences, and became a key part of the propaganda strategy of the wartime government. Yesterday's newsreels couldn't be used to wrap tomorrow's fish and chips, and their lifespan in the cinema was short. We don’t know when or why this compilation of stories ranging from 1916 to 1925 was spliced together, but whether curated by chance or design its combined impact resonates across the years.
Cinema of WWI
War 1927 109 mins Silent Location: Hounslow
Dramatic reconstruction of the Somme
Mr Churchill's Departure
Non-Fiction 1914 1 mins Silent Location: London
A handsome steam launch ferries the future PM downriver to the luxury yacht 'Enchantress'.
Heroes of Neuve Chapelle
Non-Fiction 1915 1 mins Silent Location: Shorncliffe Camp
Casualties from the Battle of Neuve Chapelle enjoy their recuperation in Kent.
Eyes of the Fleet: A Destroyer Flotilla Scouting
Non-Fiction 1915 mins Silent
A fleeting (sorry) but reassuring glimpse of a flotilla of Royal Navy destroyers on the skyline during WWI.
The Man Who Came Back
1914 14 mins Silent
The son of a wealthy merchant fakes his own death to join up, but his heroic act at the Front is wrongly attributed to his cowardly cousin.
World War One Troops Inspection
Non-Fiction 1915 1 mins Silent Location: London
Brigades of stretcher-bearers and Cyclist Corps soldiers straighten their spines for parade. But who? And where?
ABC in Sound
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1933 2 mins
Hand-drawn sound experiment by Bauhaus professor László Moholy-Nagy.
Hovis: Boy on the Bike
Advert 1974 1 mins Location: Shaftesbury
A classic slice of British advertising history, though that hill's not as Northern as it looks...
Workforce of Parkgate Iron and Steel Co., Rotherham (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Rotherham
Edwardian workers react to the camera at one of Rotherham's major employers.
Workforce of Ormerod's Mill, Great Moor Street, Bolton (1900)
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Silent Location: Great Moor St, Bolton
Eager youngsters burst out of the gates of a Victorian cotton mill.
The Henley Regatta
Sport 1901 1 mins Silent Location: Henley-on-Thames
It's the first weekend of July 1901, and high society are on the Thames
Advert 1898 1 mins Silent Location: St Pancras
An unusual farewell in this charming early film