7th Heaven / Street Angel Dir.: Frank BorzageCast: Genre: ClassicsFrank Borzage, the sensitive actor-turned-director famed for his mystical romanticism created some of Hollywood's most acclaimed and sensual films. This disc brings together two lavishly produced landmarks of the silent period by this visionary poet of desire.
Set in Paris on the eve of The Great War, 7th Heaven is a lyrical tale of transformational love in which sewage worker Chico and street waif Diane (Charles Farrell and Janet Gaynor) rise above th...MORE
90 Degrees South Dir.: Herbert G. PontingCast: Robert Falcon ScottGenre: DocumentaryThis is a documentary of Captain R.F. Scott's second Antarctic expedition, begun in 1910. The British, under Scott, attempted to reach the South Pole before Roald Amundsen's Norwegians. Scott's writings reveal that the British made it to the South Pole, only to find that the Norwegians had gotten there first. Scott, and the other four men who had made it to the Pole with him, died on the return trip....MORE
A Bigger Splash Director: Jack HazanStars: David Hockney and his circleGenre: DocumentaryDirector Jack Hazan and writer David Mingay (Rude Boy) had access to David Hockney and his circle from 1971 to 1973, a critical period for the internationally-acclaimed artist, during which time they crafted this ground-breaking and enthralling docu-drama, celebrating Hockney's life, work and milieu....MORE
A Cottage On Dartmoor Directed by Anthony Asquith Starring Norah Baring, Uno Henning, Hans Adalbert Schlettow. aka. Escape from Dartmoor (1929) Told in Flashback, the story of an escape from the lonely, high-security Dartmoor Prison....MORE
A RIVER CALLED TITAS Dir.: Ritwik GHATAKCast: Genre: At once epic and achingly remote, taken from an autobiographical novel by Advaita Malla Barman (adapted by Ghatak himself), it begins as a relatively small-scale tale of the tragedies that befall a mother and her son before digressing via a number of loosely connected episodes into the equally tragic tale of a fishing community at large. Even the river, seemingly the film’s sole constant, is slowly dying....MORE
A Taste of Honey Dir.: Tony RichardsonCast: Dora Bryan, Robert Stephens, Rita Tushingham, Murray Melvin, Paul DanquahGenre: DramaJo is an awkward, shy 17-year-old girl living with her promiscuous alcoholic mother, Helen. Desperately longing to simply be loved, when her mother's latest "romance" drives Jo out of their apartment, she spends the night with a black sailor on a brief shore leave. But when Jo's mother abandons her to move in with her latest lover, Jo finds a job and a room for herself, meets Geoffrey,...MORE
Addressing The Nation - GPO Films (1933-5) Dir.: Cast: Genre: DocumentyCreated 75 years ago out of the ashes of the Empire Marketing Board Film Unit, the GPO Film Unit was one of the most remarkable creative institutions that Britain has produced. A hotbed of creative energy and talent, it provided a springboard to many of the best-known and critically acclaimed figures in the British Documentary Movement.
John Grierson, Alberto Cavalcanti, Humphrey Jennings, Basil Wright, Harry Watt, Edgar Anstey and Arthur Elton, alongside innovator...MORE
An Actor's Revenge Dir.: KON ICHIKAWACast: Genre: Yukinojo, a female impersonator in a Kabuki theatre troupe, takes revenge on the three nobles who forced his parents to commit suicide. Maintaining his female role offstage, he pursues his vendetta......MORE
Anchoress Dir.: CHRIS NEWBYCast: Natalie Morse, Gene Bervoets, Toyah Willcox, Pete Postlethwaite, Christopher EcclestonGenre: DramaIn fourteenth-century England, peasant girl Christine Carpenter is so attracted to a statue of the Virgin Mary that the local priest (who lusts after her) suggests she be walled up in the church as an anchoress, a holy woman with responsibility for blessing the villagers. But when the priest has Christine's mother tried as a witch, she digs herself out of her cell, a crime for...MORE
Angelic Conversation, The Dir.: Derek JarmanCast: Dave Baby, Timothy Burke, Simon Costin, Christopher Hobbs, Philip McDonaldGenre: DramaThat rare thing - a cinematic treatment of Shakespeare's sonnets - fourteen in all. The photography is stop-motion, the music is ethereal, the scenery is often elemental: boulders and smaller rocks, the sea, smoke or fog, and a garden. A man is on an odyssey following his love. But he must first, as the sonnet says, know what conscience is. Derek Jarman buggers with the Bard....MORE
Bad Sleep Well, The Dir.: Akira KurosawaCast: Toshiro Mifune, Masayuki Mori, Kya¢ko Kagawa, Tatsuya Mihashi, Takashi ShimuraGenre: DramaKoichi Nishi (Toshiro Mifune) is a grieving son seeking revenge for the 'suicide' of his father. By assuming a new identity he rises through the ranks of the Public Corporation and cynically marries the President's daughter to better infiltrate the company and expose the corrupt practice that was responsible for his father's death. However, as Koichi falls in love with his wife, di...MORE
Bill Douglas: Trilogy Dir.: Bill DouglasCast: Genre: DramaBill Douglas's award-winning films - My Childhood, My Ain Folk and My Way Home - which the BFI is releasing together in a two-disc DVD set with special features, are three of the most compelling and critically acclaimed films about childhood ever made.
The narrative is largely autobiographical, following Jamie (played with heart-breaking conviction by Stephen Archibald) as he grows up in a poverty-stricken mining village in post-war Scotland. In these bruta...MORE
Black Jack Dir.: Ken LoachCast: Genre: DramaWhen honest young Tolly is forced on the run with 'Black Jack', a villainous ruffian, adventure and mishap are never far away. As the two enter a world of body-snatchers, private lunatic asylums and travelling fairs they find friendship in the most unlikely places. Based on Leon Garfield's popular novel, Ken Loach's Black Jack is a children's adventure film set in the 18th Century. With Chris Menges' beautiful photography, enchanting performances by its charismat...MORE
Black Panther, The Director: Ian Merrick
Stars:Donald Sumpter, Debbie Farrington Genre: Thriller
A gung-ho ex-military man pursues a secret life of crime, culminating in the kidnapping of a teenage heiress. Told with uncommon accuracy and refraining from any measure of sensationalism, this fascinating and disturbing film fell foul of a media-driven campaign upon its original cinema release which resulted in an effective ban.
102 min - Crime | Thriller - 26 December 1977 (UK)
- Ratings: 6.2...MORE
Brothers and Sisters Of The Toda Clan Dir.: Yasujiro OzuCast: Genre: DramaMade soon after his return from the front in China, Ozu’s biggest hit to date prefigures some aspects of Tokyo Story. When her husband dies, Mrs. Toda and her youngest daughter are shuttled between the family’s brothers and sisters; only the youngest son, working in occupied China, is willing to care for them properly. Bourgeois selfishness is criticised while a new generation shows the ‘correct’ way forward. – BFI
NR, 105 Minutes, In Japanese with English ...MORE
Canterbury Tales, The Dir.: Pier Paolo PasoliniCast: Hugh Griffith, Laura Betti and Ninetto DavoliGenre: DramaPasolini's sexually explicit retelling of "The Canterbury Tales" take Chaucer's famous stories into the realm of wild expressionism and beyond. Filmed on location in England, Pasolini's "Canterbury Tales" brings the medieval world of Chaucer vividly to life, complete with a rendering of hell that would have made Hieronymus Bosch proud....MORE
Caravaggio Dir.: Derek JarmanCast: Noam Almaz, Dawn Archibald, Sean Bean, Jack Birkett, Sadie CorreGenre: DramaDerek Jarman struggled for seven years to bring his portrait of the seventeenth-century Italian artist Michelangelo da Caravaggio to the screen. The result was well worth the wait, and was greeted with critical acclaim: a freely dramatised portrait of the controversial artist and a powerful meditation on sexuality, criminality and art - a new and refreshing take on the usual biopic....MORE
CARETAKER, THE Dir.: Clive DonnerCast: Alan Bates, Donald Pleasence, Robert Shaw, Ron Grainer, Nicolas RoegGenre: DramaAston (Robert Shaw), a quiet, reserved man, lives alone in a top-floor cluttered room of a small abandoned house in a poor London district. He befriends and takes in Mac Davies (Donald Pleasence), an old derelict who has been fired from a menial job in a cafe. In time Aston offers him a job as caretaker of the house. Aston's brother, Mick (Alan Bates) - a taunting, quasi-sadist - harasses the ...MORE
Carmen Jones Dir.: Otto PremingerCast: Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Dandridge, Pearl Bailey, Olga James, Joe AdamsGenre: MusicalAt an all-black army camp, civilian parachute maker and "hot bundle" Carmen Jones is desired by many of the men. Naturally, she wants Joe, who's engaged to sweet Cindy Lou and about to go into pilot training for the Korean War. Going after him, she succeeds only in getting him into the stockade. While she awaits his release, trouble approaches for both of them. Songs from the Bizet oper...MORE
Cathy Come Home Dir.: Ken LoachCast: Carol White, Ray Brooks (II), Winifred Dennis, Wally Patch, Adrienne FrameGenre: DramaAired 16 November 1966 (Season 1, Episode 71) in the BBC's influential 'Wednesday Play' series. This tells the bleak tale of Cathy, who loses her home, husband and eventually her child through the inflexibility of the British welfare system. A grim picture is painted of mid-sixties London, realistic, but the viewer cannot but realise that a political point is being made. One of the conseque...MORE