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Various / Bfi

Portrait Of A People

Label: BFI
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Format: 2 X DVD
Released: Jul 2011
Catalogue Number: BFIVD921

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various / bfi - Portrait Of A People

The fifth volume in the COI collection, Portrait of a People, proudly looks at Britain and its people. Promoting an idealised notion of Britain has often been at the forefront of COI film production: from encouraging immigration to redefining the nation, the titles in this collection are by turns affectionate, humorous, informative and stirring. Together they paint a fascinating and revealing portrait of a people. Highlights include: Come Saturday (1949), a lovingly-shot picture of the English at play; Oxford (1958), a look at the traditions and students of Oxford University; Dateline Britain: Look at London (1958), where Canadian-born actor and broadcaster Bernard Braden takes us on a tour of London; The Poet's Eye (1964), how Britain and its people inspired Shakespeare; Opus (1967), Don Levy's provocative look at what's new and shocking in contemporary British art, fashion and design.

Extras
* Shown by Request (1947, 18 minutes): The work of the COI's Central Film Library is explored
* Fully illustrated booklet including comprehensive contextualising notes from academics and film historians
* Dolby Digital mono audio (320 kbps)

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