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Pith and politics from the brilliant, unpredictable comedian who declares proudly, "I find myself unable to learn anything."
Inside Film 1967 30 mins
Shot in 1967, during the boom he led in satirical comedy, Peter Cook, has just finished work on Bedazzled. Agreeing with Braden that he is the "definitive amateur", he muses on projects like Derek & Clive, and Beyond The Fringe. Improvisation and discipline are discussed, together with Cook's dismay at contemporary politics, expressed with the eloquence expected from the backer of Private Eye.
Behind the Camera
Film Director Ken Russell
News 1972 3 mins Location: Torquay
Writer and Director Ken Russell explains his brush with The Devils.
How we adapted Wolf Hall (Q&A)
Inside Film 2015 12 mins
Peter Kosminsky, Claire Foy and Debbie Wiseman join Hilary Mantel to talk about the BBC adaptation of her Booker Prize-winning novel, Wolf Hall.
The British Film Industry
Non-Fiction 1936 22 mins
A laudatory item on the mid-1930s British film industry makes this issue of the cinemagazine fascinating for film fans.
Movies March On
Non-Fiction 1939 21 mins
Charlie Chaplin relaxes on the tennis court in this potted history of Hollywood, which looks back fondly to the early days of film, in a world on the brink of war.
Anthology 1937 22 mins
Hollywood has more than just celebrated stars: its industry is respectable and prosperous, says Leslie Howard.
Sir Ian McKellen introduces Throne of Blood
Short documentary 2016 2 mins
The champion of BFI's Shakespeare on Film season introduces Akira Kurosawa's great Macbeth adaptation.
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