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Open Road, The

Synopsis
In the summer of 1924 Claude Friese-Greene, a pioneer of colour cinematography, recorded life on the road between Land’s End and John O’Groats. This travelogue was conceived as a series of 26 shorts to be shown weekly at the cinema and the BFI National Film and Television Archive has restored a special compilation of highlights from the journey. The result is a fascinating portrait of inter-war Britain, in which town and country, people and landscapes are captured in a unique and rich colour palette. The film has a new score by pianist Neil Brand and violinist Guenther Buchwald.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2007
Year of production
1924
Subjects
Film studies; Geography; History
Keywords
archive films; British Isles; history of the 20th century; social history

Credits

Director
Claude Friese-Greene

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£11.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
64 minutes
Year
2007

Distributor

Name

BFI Video

Email
video.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7957 8957
Fax
020 7957 8968
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
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