Night Mail (BFI Film Classics)

By Scott Anthony

Night Mail (1936) is likely one of the best-loved and best-known movies within the canon of British documentary cinema. Bringing jointly the artistic skills of Harry Watt, Basil Wright, WH Auden and Benjamin Britten, the movie gave John Griersona's documentary tuition its first renowned good fortune. Its collectivist politics and its specially modest model of modernism is as redolent of the inter-war age as Agatha Christie, Penguin Books or The Shell publications. however it used to be additionally a company promo, a part of a exposure crusade initiated by means of Clement Attlee to stave off put up place of work part-privatisation and to enhance the morale of postal staff. Scott Anthonya's research presents a full of life appreciation of this brilliant, witty and infrequently simply undeniable eccentric masterpiece. In doing so he uncovers the impressive tales of civic-minded idealism, artistic intrigue and political trickery that underpin this vintage documentary.

Show description

Preview of Night Mail (BFI Film Classics) PDF

Similar Film Criticism books

Hollywood Babylon: The Legendary Underground Classic of Hollywood's Darkest and Best Kept Secrets

Initially released in Paris, this can be a selection of Hollywood's darkest and most sensible saved secrets and techniques from the pen of Kenneth Anger, a former baby motion picture actor who grew as much as develop into certainly one of America's major underground film-makers.

Werner Herzog: A Guide for the Perplexed: Conversations with Paul Cronin

A useful set of career-length interviews with the German genius hailed through Fran├žois Truffaut as "the most crucial movie director alive"Most of what we have heard approximately Werner Herzog is unfaithful. The sheer variety of fake rumors and downright lies disseminated in regards to the guy and his movies is actually magnificent.

The Avant-Garde Finds Andy Hardy

Here's a secret: in 1939, while the Hollywood Studio method, on the height of its energy, produced such movies as long gone with the Wind, Ninotchka, Stagecoach, The Wizard of oz., Mr. Smith is going to Washington, and Wuthering Heights, the films' number-one box-office charm used to be no longer Gable, Garbo, Wayne, Garland, Stewart, or Olivier.

Extra resources for Night Mail (BFI Film Classics)

Show sample text content

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.41 of 5 – based on 38 votes