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.
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent
The Victorian great and good mark the passing of a political titan
Parade of Troops with Band and Crowds Following
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent
For Britons during the Boer War, a welcome opportunity to support the troops - and march alongside them
Workers Leaving Work at Vickers
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Location: Barrow-In-Furness
Factory gate glimpses at - we think - Barrow-in-Furness
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent Location: Worthing
Worthing waves at us in this mesmerising early film
The Biter Bit
Comedy 1898 1 mins Silent
Film's first joke? A fresh take on an old prank.
Opening of the Kiel Canal
Non-Fiction 1895 0 mins Silent
This was one of a series of actuality films made by the Victorian pioneer Birt Acres during 1895. The film is thought to have been shot on June 20, on the occasion of the opening of the Kiel Canal by the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. Acres shot other films at the same time, but they have not survived.