This film is part of Free
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
Film Director Ken Russell
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."
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.
Daz with the Blue Whitener
Advert 1967 2 mins Location: Devon
Mrs Cross takes the Daz test but what will the outcome be?
T.V. Talk - Lintas
Advert 1954 20 mins
Points of view from a production company at the outset of commercial television in the UK.
Lyons Ice Cream Commercial
Advert 1938 1 mins Silent
From out of the vaults comes this pre-WWII cinema advert for ice-cream
Just the Ticket!
Advert 1953 2 mins
A hard-working Catford clippie and her family star in this cinema ad for hot chocolate.
Heinz Baked Beans : Common Market
Advert 1972 1 mins
In 1972 Britain entered the European common market full of beans. What could go wrong?
Advert 1952 2 mins
A cup of Horlicks helps a struggling husband bring home the bacon in this 1950s advert.