Century of Cinema
Personal and profound look into lives immersed in film. These documentaries about films and culture show the medium's role in love and war, nostalgia and national identity.
Cinema was born in the late 19th century when inventors in three different countries almost simultaneously developed the technology to shoot moving film and to project it. The Lumiere Brothers were the first in Paris, 1895. To celebrate cinema's centenary, in 1995 the BFI produced a series of documentaries in which talented directors were invited to contemplate their own national cinemas. The results ranged between highly personal and profoundly universal, and together constitute this collection, Century of Cinema.
Documentary199476 minsDirector: Stephen Frears
Stephen Frears explores the wealth of stylish and familiar images created by the British film industry in the 20th century, aided by fellow directors Alexander Mackendrick, Michael Apted, and Alan Parker and writer Gavin Lambert.
Documentary199651 minsDirector: Donald Taylor Black
Irish images, foreign fathers: asking why a nation's cinematic identity has been outsourced.
Documentary199668 minsDirector: George Miller
Mad Max director George Miller explores the tradition of film production in Australia.
Documentary199552 minsDirector: Sam Neill
Take a trip with Sam Neill through his country's celluloid culture.
Documentary199779 minsDirector: Stanley Kwan Kam-pang
An inspirational and star-laden journey through Chinese cinema in the company of John Woo, Chen Kaige, Ang Lee and Tsui Hark.
Documentary199550 minsDirector: Anne-Marie Miéville
Six regions, six films appraised for cultural and historical meaning. Produced by Jean-Luc Godard.
Documentary199652 minsDirector: Nagisa Oshima
Archive propels argument in this fascinating exploration of the social and cultural importance of Japan's film heritage.