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  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: BFI Video
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Mar. 2011
  • Run Time: 338 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004IY7KWU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,519 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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THE BIRDS AND THE BEES
60 years of British sex education films

From the earliest-known example, Whatsoever a Man Soweth (1917), to the comical, but ultimately serious, 'Ave You Got a Male Assistant Please Miss? (1973), this unique anthology of 16 key titles takes in almost 60 years of the British sex education film.

Take a journey through the euphemisms, metaphors and diagrams of yore to discover the controversial attitude-changing works of the early 1970s. All matters unmentionable or otherwise, are dealt with here, from First World War warnings to soldiers of the potential dangers of cavorting with loose women in London's West End, to puberty pep-talks for girls and scare stories to deter unwanted teenage pregnancies.

By turns enlightening, entertaining and surprising, the range and type of works presented here will interest film fans, social historians and anyone interested to ensure that they stay on the road to health.

Special features

  • New music scores for Whatsoever a Man Soweth, Any Evening After Work and How to Tell composed by Dave Formula from the British post-punk band Magazine (320kbps Dolby Digital stereo audio)
  • Fully illustrated booklet including notes and credits on all of the films alongside new introductory essays
  • UK, USA | 1917 -1973 | colour, and black & white | silent with music, and English language with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 338 minutes | DVD9 x 2 | Aspect ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD

    Although these films were intended as educational material for general audiences including young teenagers this set has been classified 18 because of the explicit content in Growing Up

    This collection was previously released as The Joy of Sex Education

    Review

    Unstintingly riveting all the way through…I have been glued to the BFI's incredible collection --Peter Bradshaw

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This is a double-DVD set of sex education films from 1917 to 1973. All the films now look dated, but are of some historical interest. The first DVD covers 1917 to 1938: the second covers 1940 to 1973. The back cover explains that "although these films were intended as educational material for general adiences - including young teenagers - this set has been classified 18 because of the explicit content in 'Growing Up' ". 'Growing Up' was a controversial 1971 film, which has its own page on Wikipedia. I can remember the controversy surrounding the film, but hadn't previously seen it, and my curiosity about it was my main reason for buying this set. Personally I think the 18 classification is too harsh: the film includes explicit shots of an erect penis, but in view of the educational context I would only have graded the film as 15. I would agree that the film is/was open to criticism for appearing to encourage sexual activity without giving adequate warning of the risks of STDs and without giving adequate information about contraception (since Martin Cole wanted to show an erect penis, I think he should also have shown how to apply a condom). Nevertheless, I would be happy to pass this DVD to an intelligent 14-year-old: I suspect that she would be very bored in places, and incredulous in others, but the films are an interesting historical record of British attitudes to sex education in the 20th century.
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My my how things have changed. Some of the films must have been scarey when
they was first seen. But to-day they seem to show some very dodgy acting.
Even the so called X film packs a punch, even though it is over 40 years old
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The only worthwhile film is "Growing Up".
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This DVD wasn't the one I was expecting for, I'm very disapointed. Indeed I thought this one will be the " Birds & Bees Educational Films " in which we can see gay cartoons but this one offers just some real actors movies from decades ago :s I was betrayed by the title. So here is my opinion about this dvd, a total deception!
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