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Caustic and very personal ravaging of film criticism, from the director of Tom Jones, A Taste of Honey and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.
Inside Film 1968 19 mins
"They have a life longer than Presidents, Prime Ministers or Popes," says Tony Richardson of film critics, soon after denying them free admission to his 1968 film, The Charge of the Light Brigade. Railing at the revisionist, undemocratic role they play ("they’re like ravaged virgins"), he discusses with calm severity the sensationalism and brutality of the British media.
Behind the Camera
News 1972 3 mins Location: Torquay
Writer and Director Ken Russell explains his brush with The Devils.
Inside Film 1967 30 mins
Pith and politics from the brilliant, unpredictable comedian who declares proudly, "I find myself unable to learn anything."
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.
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.
Short documentary 2016 2 mins
The champion of BFI's Shakespeare on Film season introduces Akira Kurosawa's great Macbeth adaptation.
Comedy 1896 1 mins Silent
A deft music hall act adapted for film, featuring the only known appearance of pioneer filmmaker Robert Paul
Advert 1985 2 mins
Take a fighter jet, a Top Gun pilot with sunglasses and a brand new SAAB 900 and you have a sure-fire vehicle to launch a Hollywood career.
Promotional 2019 10 mins
A wandering warrior dreams of a new form of expression, in this promo for UNKLE’s album The Road: Part II / Lost Highway Pt. II directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones.
1935 16 mins
A rare glimpse of 1930s London in colour: the Thames has never looked lovelier.
1965 1 mins Location: York
A world away from zany humour, Richard Lester shows he can also capture the easy opulence of the upper class nibbling After Eight mints.
Advert 1946 1 mins Silent
Life is looking up! The war is over and the “Corona” Man can visit his “Corona” families once more, door-to-door.