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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
Non-Fiction 1914 1 mins Silent Location: London
A handsome steam launch ferries the future PM downriver to the luxury yacht 'Enchantress'.
Non-Fiction 1915 1 mins Silent Location: Shorncliffe Camp
Casualties from the Battle of Neuve Chapelle enjoy their recuperation in Kent.
Non-Fiction 1915 mins Silent
A fleeting (sorry) but reassuring glimpse of a flotilla of Royal Navy destroyers on the skyline during WWI.
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.
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?
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
A new luxury express is put through its paces. This film looks over the shoulders of the select band of craftsmen, engineers and operators, whose combined skills try to ensure that a train journey is a delightful experience.
Documentary 1973 15 mins
British Transport Films record the varied daily lives of their neighbours as seen from the high roof of their building in London’s Marylebone.
Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
Illustrating the efficiency of express freight trains, and how they link manufacturers with their customers at the other end of Britain.
Documentary 1952 30 mins
Examining a day in the life of what was then the busiest railway system in the world – British Railways.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
A 1957 film examining the future for British Railways, and some of the opportunities provided by a new modernisation plan.