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Welcome to Shakespeare Land!
Travel back in time to a bygone Stratford-upon-Avon through the lens of the BFI's fascinating collection of Shakespeare-themed travelogues.
Short documentary 2016 14 mins
Travel back in time to a bygone Stratford-upon-Avon through the lens of the BFI's fascinating collection of travelogues. Spanning approximately 55 years (c. 1910-1964), these unique materials offer up various viewpoints: from a fragment of newsreel footage of St George’s Day celebrations to a sponsored film encouraging visitors to come to the town by railway (even though we don't see any trains!).
Features interviews with the RSC’s Gregory Doran and Ros Cranston, Non-Fiction Curator, BFI National Archive.
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