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COI collection volume one - another great BFI release,
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This review is from: COI Collection Vol 1 - Police and Thieves [DVD] (DVD)
This collection of fourteen films, produced by the central office of information (COI) covers four subjects: policing, crime, delinquency, and the justice system.
The first film "Children On Trial" was made in 1946, during the first year of the fledgling COI, which itself was created to replace the wartime ministry of information, in this 60 minute film, the message is that rehabilitation is the way forward in addressing the problem of teenage delinquency.
The 1950 "Probation officer" is in part a recruitment film, aimed at enlightening prospective recruits to the service, by pointing out the modern and progressive aspects of the profession.
Also in 1950, the film "Four Men In Prison" shows the effects of prison life on four different offenders, one is a first time offender serving a short sentence, another is a hardened criminal who is familiar to prison life, while another is a mentally sub-normal youth who steals, and the other is facing corrective training to prevent him becoming an habitual criminal.
The 1959 film "The British Policeman" follows a police constable on his 8-hour shift. From the early 70's "Anything Can Happen" is a 20-minute film that was shown in schools, to help improve on the shortage of police officers at the time.
The 1975 film "Challenge For A Lifetime" is another police recruitment film, which emphasises the more exciting aspects of police work, rather than the more mundane side.
This collection of films is another fine example of the many informative and educational collections released by the BFI, filled with nostalgia, the films are a fascinating social history record.
The picture and sound quality is good.
Here is a list of the films with brief details:
Children On Trial (1946,B/W,60 mins).
Children Of The City (1944,B/W,30 mins).
Probation Officer (1950,B/W,33 mins).
Youth Club (1954,B/W,17 mins).
A Chance For Brian (1977,colour,7 mins).
Four Men In Prison (1950,B/W,40 mins).
Help Yourself (1950,B/W,12 mins).
Transatlantic Teleview 26: Man On The Beat (1956,B/W,7 mins).
The British Policeman (1959,B/W,17 mins).
Unit Beat Policing (1968,B/W,22 mins).
Anything Can Happen (1973,colour,20 mins).
Bicycle Thefts (1974,colour,45 secs).
Snatch Of The Day (1975,colour,1 min).
Challenge For A Lifetime (1975,colour,24 mins).
*Fully illustrated 23-page booklet including comprehensive contextualising notes and essays from academics and film historians.
*Dolby Digital mono audio.
*Optional English subtitles.