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A Day in the Life - Four Portraits of Post-War Britain by John Krish [DVD + Blu-ray]

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  • Directors: John Krish
  • Format: Black & White, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: BFI VIdeo
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Mar 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,229 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A film by John Krish

Winner - 'Best Documentary' Evening Standard Film Awards 2010

John Krish is one of British cinema's best-kept secrets: a master of post-war documentary filmmaking who repeatedly turned his works and commissions into truly stirring cinema.

This award-winning programme collects together four of Krish's most cherished films: The Elephant Will Never Forget (1953), a farewell to London's trams; They Took Us to the Sea (1961), a poignant record of a seaside outing for disadvantaged children; Our School (1962), charting the aspirations of the decade's young school-leavers; and I Think They Call Him John (1964) a deeply loving account of an elderly widower. Timelessly affecting and wonderfully entertaining these long lost films are truly worthy of rediscovery.

Special features

  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • I Want to Go to School (John Krish, 1959, 30 mins): a charming portrait of a typical day at primary school
  • Mr Marsh Comes to School (John Krish, 1961, 28 mins); a distinctly unorthodox film for teenagers
  • Interview with John Krish (2010, 19 mins, DVD only)
  • illustrated booklet with notes and essays by Kevin Brownlow, John Krish, BFI curator Patrick Russell and others

UK | 1953 -1964 | black and white | English, optional hard-of-hearing subtitles on all films | 90 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1

Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit)
Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit)

Region 0 PAL DVD
Region free Blu-ray

Product Description

John Krish is one of British cinema s best-kept secrets: a master of post-war documentary filmmaking who repeatedly turned his works for sponsors as diverse at the Central Office of Information (COI) and the NSPCC into, not just effective non-fiction films, but truly stirring cinema to rank alongside the world s greatest directors. A Day in the Life collects together four of his most cherished films: The Elephant Will Never Forget (1953), Our School (1962), They Took Us to the Sea (1961), and I Think They Call Him John (1964). In each of these films richly textured with the details of everyday post-war life Krish combines a deep belief in human beings with a compulsive desire to push the documentary form forward. This essential and critically acclaimed collection is supplemented with an interview with Krish, as well as with Krish s rarely seen films I Want to Go to School (1959) and Mr Marsh Comes to School (1961). Extra Features: Dual Format Edition: includes both Blu-ray and the DVD versions of all films; Interview with John Krish recorded in December 2010 at the BFI Southbank; Two bonus films by Krish: I Want to Go to School (1959, 30mins) and Mr Marsh Comes to School (1961, 28min); Transferred from best available film elements, preserved in the BFI National Archive, to High Definition

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70 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite DVD of 2011 17 July 2011
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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As the blurb on the DVD box says: "John Krish is one of British cinema's best-kept secrets: a master of post-war documentary filmaking who repeatedly turned his work and commissions into truly stirring cinema."

This box contains two discs, with the standard DVD format on one and a Blue-ray alternative on the other. The films are as follows:

* The Elephant Will Never Forget (1953) - a short film celebrating the end of London's trams. You don't have to be interested in trams to enjoy this wonderful film. Its portrayal of the changing landscape of a bomb-damaged city in the early 50s is compelling viewing. I particularly enjoyed the shots taken from the tram, as it trundled through the streets of south London.

* They Took Us to the Sea (1961) - a 25-minute documentary made for the NSPCC, featuring a group of children from Birmingham on a day out in Weston-super-Mare. This is a very moving film, particularly given that most of the participants had never seen the sea before. The children - all from underprivileged backgrounds - seemed damaged, fragile individuals at the beginning of the film and it was heartwarming to see them gradually relax and start to smile as the day progressed.

* Our School (1962) - a short documentary made for the National Union of Teachers, filmed at a seconday school in Hertfordshire. Apparently John Krish spent several days at the school before he began shooting, working out which pupils would make the most effective subjects. This preparation clearly paid off, as the film is fascinating and some of the pupils' comments are incredibly perceptive.

* I Think They Call Him John (1964) - For me, this was the most powerful film of the four: a stark, visceral portrayal of loneliness and isolation.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By John A. Stedman TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is not a compilation that I would normally have chosen, but it came among the Amazon recommendations after my purchases of various Transport and Post War Social history DVDs. I am so glad that I took that recommendation on board.

The films included have been described in the earlier reviews and I fully agree with that already written. However there were perhaps differing reasons for finding myself glued to the screen viewing, and in some cases reliving, these compilations.

"I think They call him John" was especially poignant in its' own right; a very simple film that takes you through the day in John's life. It is so intimate that you could be there with him. John hardly talks, except to his caged budgie, for he has nobody to talk to. The film drifts along quietly to the end of the day when the rented DER television is turned on with the sound of Brucie beating the clock, and the ironing board comes out and the camera gently pans away with earlier commentary being repeated that drops the full force of the meaning of this film, together with a feeling of guilt, straight into your lap. Powerful stuff indeed.

"They took us to the Sea". The day trip to the sea by a trainload of disadvantaged children from Birmingham was a mixture of pure nostalgia and delight. To donkeys on the beach and the 3d train along the pier. 6d for candyfloss and slightly less for a bag of chips. The grubby faces and wide grins. Absolute cinematic magic with a wide range of memories of trips to the seaside in the early 1960s. If you're in your late middle age, you will find plenty to identify with here.

"Our School" is an inside fly on the wall of a secondary school in Hertfordshire in the early 1960s.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
I saw these films at the BFI last year and found myself transported back to a different time. The film about trams, featuring the last run in London was mesmerising in its detail of the feelings the tram drivers and their passengers as well as capturing the feel of a tram ride. One did not want it to end. It also depicts how life was simplier in the 60s or so it seemed to me or perhaps people were less sophisticated in the pleasures they took, e.g. cheering crowds as the tram made it last journey into the station.
The film with the children on their seaside outing with their dirty faces and shabby coats was very moving, especially as one saw the children left behind (not selected for the trip) in somewhat `slum' conditions. We moan about poverty today but there was certainly a lot of deprivation depicted in this film. Overall, it was quite a jolly adventure for the children and the viewer could take pleasure in their enjoyment.
The film about the school was fascinating to see how educational aspirations nowadays have changed with the push to encourage university education for the majority of the population. Here were girls looking forward (and encouraged) to seek their future in some cases in quite menial jobs. There was also an emphasis on marriage as an ambition. We were able to watch a class of children with learning disabilities as the very patient teacher led them through some reading / comprehension exercises.
The final film was very poignant and moving as described in the Amazon review. You felt you were there with John as his lonely day progressed with only his budgie to keep him company, cooking his boiled potatoes and reading the very short letter sent to him from his relative abroad.
I was so moved by these films that I went straight out and purchased them as they are films to revisit in terms of the direction, production, content and as a social history of British society. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Great dvd
Published 2 days ago by alan walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Made us think how things had changed without realising how much
This was very interesting and made us realise how life has changed. For a bit of nostalgia - this is it!
Published 10 months ago by P. Golding
5.0 out of 5 stars bought for my dad
as he loves old films of working class live in the 50s and 60s when he was a young fella
Published 10 months ago by Dan Thurley
5.0 out of 5 stars A Day in the Life
This video was purchased as a gift. The recipient was thrilled to receive it. It was delivered in good time for the actual birthday. I was impressed with the speed of delivery.
Published 11 months ago by Pauline Hilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent content, shame about the disc
One of the discs was fine and we thoroughly enjoyed it, but the other wouldn't load. It was promptly replaced, but the replacement was faulty as well. Read more
Published 13 months ago by SLowReader
5.0 out of 5 stars More nostalgia from documentary sources
The group of films really take you back to the 1950's and 60's. Oh how attitudes have changed as have the problems faced. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Davie Easton
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I bought this DVD for one of the extras called "Mr. Marsh Comes To School" because I was in it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Canadaman
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Bought as a present for someone else. Absolutely fascinating. Very interesting subject, particularly the film about Primary School and the trip to the beach. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Christmas
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Historical Social Commentary - Excellent quality.
The Day in the life series of short films captures the images and sounds of the glory days of London Trams; Post war life for Birmingham children this film captures their their... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Andrew
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice history lesson
The dvd is great for anyone who either remembers the past or has an interest in it,the four tails of life before the day of internet etc its a real gem to watch.
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