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A highly influential but critically neglected movement in British cinema history, Free Cinema not only re-invented British documentary in the 1950s but also served as a precursor for the better known British New Wave of social-realist feature films in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Born in February 1956, when a group, led by critic and filmmaker Lindsay Anderson, screened their short films at the National Film Theatre, Free Cinema proved so popular that five more programmes followed until 1959, featuring films by young British and Foreign filmmakers.

The BFI has brought together, for the first time, the eleven films of the three British programmes in this 3-disc boxset. This definitive collection includes a number of fascinating shorts made on a shoestring budget and a 16mm Bolex camera by first-time directors such as Karel Reisz and Tony Richardson (Momma Don't Allow), Claude Goretta and Alain Tanner (Nice Time), Michael Grigsby (Enginemen) and Robert Vas (Refuge England), as well as the more ambitious, 35mm featurettes Together (dir. Lorenza Mazzetti), Every Day Except Christmas (dir. Lindsay Anderson) and We Are the Lambeth Boys (dir. Karel Reisz).

Disc 1 - Free Cinema 1:
O Dreamland
Momma Don't Allow

Free Cinema 3:
Wakefield Express
Nice Time
The Singing Street
Every Day Except Christmas

Disc 2 - Free Cinema 6:
Refuge England
We Are the Lambeth Boys
Food for a Blush

Disc 3 - Beyond Free Cinema:
One Potato, Two Potato
March to Aldermaston
The Vanishing Street
Tomorrow's Saturday
Gala Day

Product Details

  • 2
Aspect Ratio:
  • Aspect Ratio 1.33:1
Number of Discs:
  • 3
Main Language:
  • English
Subtitle Languages:
  • English for the Hard of Hearing
  • BFI
  • E

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