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Painter and Poet No. 1
“An experiment in words, music and paintings” two poems are illustrated for the BFI’s contribution to the Festival of Britain
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1951 9 mins
Whether you are a fan of Shakespeare or the great bard Anonymous, these illustrated versions made as the BFI’s contribution to the Festival of Britain will please. Twa Corbies is enlivened by the distinctive voice of John “We’re doomed!” Laurie, and paired with Michael Rothenstein’s delightfully textured drawings. Shakespeare’s Spring and Winter is sung by Peter Pears, with illustrations by Meryn “Gormenghast” Peake.
The Animator’s Art
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1955 20 mins
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Even Clark Gable doesn’t live up to his image in this off-beat cartoon about a woman fed up with the attentions of little green men
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1952 22 mins
Arachnophobes beware! This colourful allegorical abstraction of life from creation to near destruction casts greed as a giant spider
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1972 4 mins
A stripped back animated masterpiece from the director of Yellow Submarine (1968), based on an poem by Andrew Marvell
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If you were electrocuted by a photocopier in the 70s and your life flashed before you, it might look a little something like this…
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1980 23 mins
Innovative short that is equal parts Beckett, Gilliam, Orwell and life advice for the recently redundant. Yes, really.
Travelogue 1907 9 mins Silent
A grand tour of Japan’s major cities, offering scenic views of the streets and daily life.
Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
This ethnographic film offers a brief overview of the traditional culture of the Ainu, an ethnic minority in Japan.
Documentary 1905 4 mins
The performance of a masked dancer is followed by a scene from a kendo match, contrasting grace and ferocity.
Non-Fiction 1904 2 mins Silent
In a school gymnastic festival, boys and girls demonstrate their physical rigour through exercise and dance.
Interest film 1909 5 mins Silent
A vibrant festival with parades of fishermen and geisha celebrates the 50th anniversary of the opening of Yokohama Port.
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Pathécolor’s mechanical stencil colouring is put to good use illustrating a festival at an ancient shrine.