Pathé Pictorial - Britain In Colour In The 1930s - Social History

Pathé Pictorial - Britain In Colour In The 1930s
Pathé Pictorial - Great Britain in Colour in the 1930s (25 minutes, Colourised). This remarkable DVD collects together the full inventory of short hand-coloured features from the Pathé Pictorial archive. They showcase the remarkable natural beauty of Great Britain before the advent of colour film useage at the Pathé newsreels. Filmed and originally distributed in the early 1930s these early films were colourised using hand stencilling techniques to give the finished pieces a quite unique feel. They feature a newly constructed soundtrack using period recordings. This collection will appeal to all with an interest in the British countryside of yesteryear and offer a fascinating glimpse in into how places have changed. Films included: A Shropshire Gem, London s Lungs, Along the Tees, The Palace of Stuarts, Down the Rheidol Valley, Glimpses of York, When Henry I was King, The Board-Acred County, Lakeland Glimpses, In the West Country, Down in the Forest and The RiverBonus FeaturesAround Britain 1930 - 1959 (49 minutes in total)1. "Melodies of the Motherland" A delightful short film shot across Great Britain accompanied by music representing the regions showcased. (B&W, 7 mins, c.1930)2. "Hometown" - A Compilation Of Surviving Episodes.An extraordinary collection from the late 1950s showcasing town and city centres such as Coventry, Wolverhampton, Liverpool, West Bromwich, Tamworth, Stoke, Stafford, Leicester, Wolsey, Birmingham, Derby, Leamington Spa and Ashby-de-la-Zouch. (B&W, 15 mins, c.1959)3. "Hometown" - Special Report On Coventry With Reg Dixon: The beloved comic actor discusses his love for his home city. (B&W, 6 mins, c.1959)4. "Canterbury" - A short film showing some of the more unusual and less known parts of historic Canterbury. (B&W, 1 min, 1936)5. "Two Minutes in Kent" - A Pathé Pictorial report featuring the stunning scenery of Kent. (B&W, 3 mins, c.1930)6. "To Help Keep our Unemployed Employed" - Footage from the 'Fellowship Holiday Camp' where hundreds of men passed their time whilst waiting for work. (B&W, 2 mins, 1933)7. "A Bumper Crop" The finest hop yield for years gave the Hop-Pickers Army real 'profit and pleasure' on their holiday! (B&W, 2 mins, 1933)8. "Hop Pickers Off To Kent" - We join the annual pilgrimage from London of hundreds of people on their way to help harvest the annual crop in Bodiam. (B&W, 3 mins, c.1951)9. "Hop Pickers" - Glorious footage of the British Summer family harvesting tradition. (Colour, 3 mins, 1955)10. " Hop Picker’s Barbecue" - The fun and frivolity had by all at the harvest festival. (Colour, 3 mins, 1955)11. "Cockington Village" - A look at the picturesque village near Torquay. (Colour, 1 min, 1955)12. "Amphibious Caravan" - Filmed in Hertfordshire,a quirky report on a possible future of holidaying. (Colour, 3 mins, 1955)
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