Free Cinema (UK-import) (DVD)

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The British Film Institute has compiled for the first time, the definitive collection of films from the 1950s' Free Cinema movement. Free Cinema not only re-invented British documentary making, but this highly influential period in the country's cinema history was the precursor for the better known British New Wave of social-realist films in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The DVD box set celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the first screening of films by the Free Cinema group, which was also commemorated by a special event at the NFT on 5 February.

The films were 'free' in the sense that they were made outside the framework of the film industry, and that their statements were entirely personal . They had in common not only the conditions of their production (shoestring budget, unpaid crew) and the equipment they employed (usually hand-held 16mm Bolex cameras), but also a style and attitude and an experimental approach to sound. Mostly funded by the British Film Institute's Experimental Film Fund, they featured ordinary, mostly working-class people at work and play, displaying a rare sympathy and respect, and a self-consciously poetic style. This collection contains:

O Dreamland (dir. Lindsay Anderson, UK, 1953, 12 mins)
Momma Don't Allow ( dir. Karel Reisz/Tony Richardson, UK, 1956, 22 mins)
Together (dir. Lorenza Mazzetti, UK, 1956, 52 mins)
Wakefield Express (dir. Lindsay Anderson, UK, 1952, 30 mins)
Nice Time (dir. Alain Tanner/Claude Goretta, UK, 1957, 17 mins)
The Singing Street (dir. Norton Park Group/Nigel McIsaac, UK, 1952, 18 mins)
Everyday Except Christmas (dir. Lindsay Anderson, UK, 1957, 40 mins)
Refuge England (dir. Robert Vas, UK, 1959, 27 mins)
Enginemen (dir. Michael Grigsby, UK, 1959, 21mins)
We Are the Lambeth Boys (dir. Karel Reisz, UK, 1959, 52 mins)
Food for a Blush (dir. Elizabeth Russell, UK, 1959, 30 mins)
One Potato Two Potato (dir. Leslie Daiken, UK, 1957, 21 mins)
March to Aldermaston (anonymous, UK, 1959, 33 mins)
The Vanishing Street (dir. Robert Vas, UK, 1962, 18 mins)
Tomorrow's Saturday (dir. Michael Grigsby, UK, 1962, 18 mins)
Gala Day (dir. John Irvin, UK, 1963, 26 mins)


  • Small Is Beautiful: The story of the Free Cinema films told by their makers (2006), an exclusive 43-minute film consisting of specially commissioned i nterviews with Free Cinema filmmakers Lorenza Mazzetti, Walter Lassally, Alain Tanner and Michael Grigs
  • A specially curated collection of five rarely seen short films from the late 1950s/early 1960s, made in the spirit of the Free Cinema movement
  • 40-page, fully illustrated booklet including a general introduction; the original manifestoes, notes on each of the 16 films, plus a further reading list and web links


Produksjonsår 2006 Format DVD
Sone Sone 2 - Import Sjanger Drama
Antall disker 3 Spilletid 7 timer 55 minutter
Aldersgrense Ingen Undertekster Ingen
Lydformater Mono 1.0 (Engelsk) Bildeformater Fullscreen 4:3, Sort/Hvitt
Regissør Diverse Skuespillere Diverse
Bestillingsnummer BFIVD717 Leverandør Gardners


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