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The Joy of Sex Education [DVD]


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  • Actors: Eelco De Jong, Pip Springhall, John Perkins, Sue Stoodwell
  • Directors: David Rosler
  • Producers: Graham Jones, Jon Astley
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Feb 2009
  • Run Time: 338 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MGUAEW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,325 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A collection of seven archive sex education films from the 20th century. From the impenetrably euphemistic to the breathtakingly explicit, the anthology takes us through 60 years of sex education in Britain from the 1910s to the 1970s. Films included are: 'Whatsoever a Man Soweth' (1917), 'Deferred Payment' (1929), 'The Irresponsibles' (1929), 'The Mystery of Marriage' (1932), 'How To Tell' (1935), 'Six Little Jungle Boys' (1945) and 'Don't Be Like Brenda!' (1973).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. J. Nicholson on 1 Aug 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I gave this to my wife for Valentine's Day(!), and we both absolutely love it. It provides an interesting history in sexual and social mores, as well as an insight into the education of the general public through film. Excellent stuff!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Brady Orme VINE VOICE on 11 Feb 2009
Format: DVD
The British Public love sex, right? I mean, what's there not to like? For a country that supposedly is stiff-upped-lipped in the Trousers Department, we seem to like it a Hell of a lot. Which is why the noble BFI's latest presentation of archival material for the masses will undoubtedly be popular - For A) It's about Sex, and B) It gives us the chance to laugh at yesterday's social mores. Ha ha ha, haughty Home County woman's accents talking about "gel's bodies changing", hee hee hee, they're playing hockey and drinking tea with the wife as a metaphor for sex.... This is the Ealing Comedy of anatomy, but there's more to it than just an explicit version of "Brief Encounter".

Some titles such as Martin Cole's "Growing Up" (1971) are harsh, explicit and still shocking to this day - perhaps even more so, as even the most raunchy late night programming shys away from describing the act in such harsh anatomical terms. Other films such as "Her Name Is Ellie; His Name Was Kyle" (1967) utilises grainy Film Noir techniques and advanced storylines to hammer the message home with added syphillitic reference, and "Don't Be Like Brenda" (1973)is "Cathy Come Home" with added misogyny. As the BFI does with it's British Travel Films anthologies, it packages them lovingly as lost art forms and releases them into the public for us to enjoy beyond the usual Frames of Reference. The World these films belong to no longer exists, live with it.

Along with the films of Jeff Keen also released this month, the BFI continues to astound us in these tough times. Highly recommended naturally; just don't expect a straight face.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Veldon on 17 Jan 2010
Format: DVD
This film should really have five stars but it looses one for Dave Formula's unimaginative music but more of that later.

This collection is of interest to anyone who finds discussions of sexual mores fascinating and anyone who wishes to study Discourses surrounding bodies and sexualities. The films herein do not show how we became more liberated (even Growing Up is highly problematic for all it's apparent liberation) but the body became and remained a site for a very Authoritarian Discourse on how The Body was to be used, who controlled The Body and the individuals freedom (or lack thereof) to own their own body. It is telling that only the last few films (Growing Up and Have you Got A Male Assistant Please Miss) discuss masturbation and contraception.

Given this Dave Formula misses the opportunity to discuss these issues in his music for the early silent films in the collection and produces three very similar sounding, formulaic (no pun intended) scores.

Highly recommended none the less.

Oh and if you just want to have a bit of a giggle the collections good for that too.
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