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Silent Britain (2006)

TV Movie  |   |  Documentary  |  31 May 2006 (UK)
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A documentary about the early years of silent films made in Britain. Showing that it wasn't just a few, easily dismissed comedies, but many high quality films including some very popular ... See full summary »

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A documentary about the early years of silent films made in Britain. Showing that it wasn't just a few, easily dismissed comedies, but many high quality films including some very popular comedies and some fine dramas. Matthew Sweet shows through examples how the art and even the language of film was developed by some of these pioneers working in Britain. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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A good example of how to make a film documentary right.
25 July 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

It's pretty ironic that I would see this the very day after seeing another documentary about the British film industry. Yesterday, I saw "The Golden Gong"--an indifferent documentary about the Rank film studio. There was at least as much I disliked about the film as I liked--and it really didn't seem to try very hard to do a good job of telling its story. However, with "Silent Britain", you could see that the folks making this documentary really, really cared--knowing gobs about the subject and trying infuse enthusiasm in the viewer. In every way this was a quality production.

The film begins at the earliest days of motion pictures--even predating the work of Auguste and Louis Lumière as well as Thomas Edison. How some obscure Brits contributed to the process of creating the first films and failed is pretty interesting to people like myself who love film history. Then, the film slowly moves from the early ultra-short films of the early 1900s and progresses to the last of the silents in Britain in 1930. Along the way, the film has tons of film clips, excellent and insightful narration as well as archival and recent interviews that really enhance the story. Fascinating throughout.


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