Look at Life was a regular series of short documentary films produced between 1959 and 1969 by the Special Features Division of the Rank Organisation and screened in their Odeon and Gaumont cinemas – replacing the circuit’s newsreel, Universal News, which had become largely irrelevant with the advent of television news broadcasts.
Marvellously concise and beautifully shot, these ‘slice of life’ colour featurettes – numbering over 500 episodes in total – presented cinemagoers with varied aspects of contemporary British life, and among the documentaries included here are several that vividly capture the vibrancy and optimism of the Swinging Sixties. Digitally restored from the original film elements, this release compiles 54 memorable films which offer a fascinating snapshot of transport in 1960s Britain, with many unseen since their first screening.
Ticket to Tokyo [April 1959], Letting Off Steam [May 1959], New Roads for Old [May 1959], Flight on a Cushion [August 1959], Talking of Coaches... [August 1959], Alpine Rescue [October 1959], Shopping for a ‘Queen’ [October 1959], Sailing the Sky [November 1959], Driving Test [December 1959], Shape of a Ship [January 1960], Air Hostess [February 1960], Taxi! Taxi!! [March 1960], All Through the Night [April 1960], Over and Under [April 1960], Horse-power Riders [July 1960], Eyes of the Law [March 1962], Scooter Commuter [April 1962], Sea Horses [May 1962], So They All Hover Now [September 1962], The Village Sleeps Again [September 1962], Birdmen [January 1963], Draw the Fires [April 1963] , The Car Has Wings [June 1963], Vintage Models [June 1963], Pilot Aboard [July 1963], Where No Tide Flows [August 1963], High, Wide and Faster [November 1963], Oil Aboard [December 1963], Report on a River [December 1963], Europe Grows Together [December 1963], Turn of the Wheel [April 1964], City of the Air [May 1964], Behind the Ton-Up Boys [August 1964], Going Places Under Water [August 1964], Living with Cars [November 1964], Flying to Work [December 1964], The Spirit of Brooklands [February 1965], Weather Adviser [April 1965], What Price Safety? [May 1965] , Down in the Dumps [September 1965], Cats of the Sea [November 1965], Breaking the Ice [March 1966], Skimming Through the Sixties [December 1966] The Big Take-Off [December 1966] Lighter Than Air [March 1967] Just an Accident [May 1967] Scrambling for It [May 1967] The Straits of Dover [June 1967] Where Do You Leave the Boat? [August 1967] Pushing the Bike [October 1967] Playing Trains [December 1967] The City’s For Living In [September 1968] All in a Day’s Work [March 1969] A Load of Pheasants [March 1969]
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