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Silent comedian Walter Forde takes an illuminating trip around the Osram light bulb factory in this bizarre advertising film.
Advert 1921 13 mins Silent
British silent clown Walter Forde tries to strengthen his resolve after his feisty ‘modern’ girlfriend makes demands that he should economise. Staring into a lightbulb as he attempts to instil himself with renewed backbone, he accidentally hypnotises himself – becoming a strange, invisible, spectral visitor on the production line at the Osram light bulb factory. Despite Forde’s invasive mingling with the employees on the factory floor, all remain resolutely stony-faced throughout the comedian’s voyeuristic visit. Not once does anybody accidentally crack a smile.
Advert 1976 1 mins
Pete and Dud prove to be stout football fans in this Guinness commercial recalling a great sporting moment - however fleeting.
Advert 1968 1 mins
England's 1966 hat-trick hero doesn't sweat the small stuff - or at all, according to this deodorant commercial.
Advert 1939 6 mins
Stanley Holloway recounts the exploits of Sam Small, whose wife sends him shopping for... what was it again?
Advert 1946 6 mins
A triple bill of glamour courtesy of Lux toilet soap.
Advert 1934 6 mins Silent
Master of the monologue Stanley Holloway salutes his wondrous and capacious new suitcase in this magical advertising film.
Advert 1945 1 mins Silent
Star of stage and screen Sheila Sim explains why she uses Lux toilet soap.
Short documentary 2021 4 mins
Director Eva Riley (Perfect 10) introduces Carine Adler’s Under the Skin, and describes why Samantha Morton’s visceral feature film debut performance astounds her.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1980 49 mins
Divorce 1980s-style is examined by this BFI film in which, tellingly, only the deserted wife is denied a voice.
Documentary 1943 12 mins
Are your stooking and stacking skills poor? Watch and learn how best to stack your stooks.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1976 43 mins
Mundane images are flipped, looped, reversed and interpolated to the sound of Monteverdi and other sonic textures.
Documentary 1957 20 mins
Epic undertaking at Bevercotes Colliery, digging 3000 feet to reach untapped coal seams in Nottinghamshire.
Travelogue 1935 15 mins Silent Location: Bournemouth
Anyone for a trip to the seaside? From Bournemouth to Margate via Brighton and Folkestone – sunny delights in abundance.