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A tour of Stratford-upon-Avon's houses and hamlets, stomping ground of a young William Shakespeare.
Travelogue 1940 10 mins Silent
There's little room in this singularly Shakespeare-themed travelogue for any sights that don't have a whiff of the Bard about them. The young poet's childhood home on Henley Street, Anne Hathaway's Shottery cottage - the scene of his courtship - and his mother's house in Wilmcote all feature, as do Stratford's many pretty timber-framed buildings: "the homes of Shakespeare's intimate friends".
This single-minded production makes just one detour - to visit the house built by the grandparents of John Harvard - founder of the Ivy League university. Also featured are various memorials, including the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, and the idyllic surrounding countryside: "the direct source of much of William Shakespeare's inspiration". It was produced by Islington-based Gainsborough Pictures, the company behind Hitchcock's The Lodger (1926) and The Lady Vanishes (1938) among other British film favourites.
Shakespeare on Film
Drama 1913 54 mins Silent
Johnston Forbes-Roberston gives his famous performance of Hamlet in this ambitious early Shakespeare feature
Travelogue 1925 12 mins Silent Location: Stratford-upon-Avon
A picturesque portrait of Stratford-on-Avon in the 1920s, evocatively photographed by British cinema pioneer Cecil Hepworth.
Oh'phelia A Cartoon Burlesque
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1919 10 mins Silent
To bob, or not to bob? That is the question for Ophelia in this early animated Hamlet, starring a far from gloomy Dane
Non-Fiction 1957 5 mins Silent Location: Hampton Lucy
Shakespeare's Warwickshire - home of the half timbered heritage trail and the place that will be forever linked to its most famous son.
Shakespeare Memorial Theatre
Non-Fiction 1926 1 mins Silent Location: Stratford-upon-Avon
"O for a muse of fire" - or not, as Shakespeare's Memorial Theatre in Stratford is gutted by flames.
St George's Day at Stratford-on-Avon
Non-Fiction 1915 1 mins Silent Location: Stratford-upon-Avon
Proud locals hold a double celebration in Shakespeare's home town.
About Britain - Second Edition
Amateur film 1965 12 mins Location: London
Join the Clague family as they zoom up an empty M1 to Stratford upon Avon, Long Itchington and Coventry - a city reborn after its 1940 destruction
Ancient Mop Fair
Non-Fiction 1914 1 mins Silent Location: Stratford-upon-Avon
The annual mop fair in Stratford-Upon-Avon, including the roasting of an ox
Mr. Therm's Review No. 4
Cinemagazine 1955 12 mins Location: Olney
Stained glass, a pancake race and actors Anthony Quayle and Barbara Jefford feature in this promo from the Gas Council
Travelogue 1939 0 mins Location: Stratford-upon-Avon
Have a trip away from the hustle and bustle and travel by rail to take in the sights of Shakespeare country.
Amateur film 1932 9 mins Silent Location: Wilmcote
Ticking off the tourist attractions of William Shakespeare's old stamping ground in a rather grand Rolls Royce.
British and Best
Non-Fiction 1928 0 mins Silent Location: Stratford-upon-Avon
A progressive design by a pioneering female architect beats all comers to become the new Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford
Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
1935 9 mins
Let it bleed? This exemplary education film gets to the heart of the matter.
U.A.B. (Workers Newsreel No.3)
Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
The Merry Month of May
1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.