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Requiem for a Village (BFI Flipside) (DVD + Blu-ray) [1975]

4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Vic Smith, The Witnesham Villagers, The Metfield Villagers
  • Directors: David Gladwell
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: BFI Flipside
  • DVD Release Date: 18 July 2011
  • Run Time: 68 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051GQ0FC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,689 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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REQUIEM FOR A VILLAGE (DVD + Blu-ray)
A Film by David Gladwell

THE FLIPSIDE: rescuing weird and wonderful British films from obscurity and presenting them in new high-quality editions.

The idyllic, rural past of a Suffolk village comes to life though the memories of an old man who tends a country graveyard, in this extraordinary, little-seen film from David Gladwell. Although best known for his celebrated work as editor on Lindsay Anderson's If.... and O Lucky Man!, Gladwell has, until now, rarely been recognised as the director of a number of ground-breaking films

Special Features

  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • A Summer Discord (Gladwell, 1955, 17 mins, silent): a visionary drama centered around a young girl's argument with her mother
  • Miss Thompson Goes Shopping (Gladwell, 1958, 23 mins): a sensitive and inventive portrait of an elderly lady's shopping trip
  • The Great Steam Fair (David Gladwell, Derrick Knight, 1964, 18 mins): an assured, lyrical example of Gladwell's extensive work as editor and director of documentary shorts
  • An Untitled Film (Gladwell, 1964, 9 mins): an extraordinary piece of film art, exploring the power, beauty and violence contained in a single moment of time
  • Booklet, illustrated withy Gladwell's recent paintings, featuring essays by filmmaker Elizabeth Sussex, Rob young, and William Fowler

UK | 1975 | colour | English language, with optional English hard-of-hearing subtitles | 68 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) (Extras Dolby Digital 320kbps)

Review

David Gladwell's film is an authentic, lyrical pastoral of absolute and obstinate originality - the work of a unique artist and an extraordinary survivor --Lindsay Anderson

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An obscure British experimental film from the former editor of Lindsay Anderson's IF. David Gladwell also directed "Memoirs of a survivor", a story that seems apt given the recent youth-led riots!

This is a virtually dialogue free film built scenes of an old man tending graves in a village. As he tends graves his voice-over reminisces about the people that he once knew buried there. While he tends graves, he sees the dead rise and re-enter the village church for a sermon. Then it starts to get experimental.

This is intercut with contemporary images of village life, mainly snippets of a meeting in which the village leaders attempt to form a protest against local development plans, and also of the past with plenty of slow motion shots of lost village life. Images of the present predominate when bikers invade the village.

Clearly made on a low budget, on 16mm film, this is beautiful and absorbing piece of work. The soundtrack consists of pastoral, atmospheric woodwind driven music - similar to the contemporary works of British jazz musician Bob Downes - and hymns.

The whole bundle is excellent value for money, with a detailed booklet containing notes about the film plus an interview with the director. There's also a blu-ray disc and a DVD.
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First saw this as a student while working one summer in London, in a film club. It took my breath away. It's a a poem, a rage, a song, a work of art, a work of beauty, a work of genius and a magnificent piece of film making. Watch it!
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This Blu ray has three short films in its extras.The jury is I must admit still out as far as requiem goes, it was however the film about the steam fair, that I hoped would be good. Being from Dorset, the steam fair is of interest as it takes place locally, but is known internationally. This 15 min. film was beautifully shot in colour and is shown here in widescreen. The film is a little like the BTF Holiday and is quite fast paced. The editing is marvellous, as you would expect from David Gladwell. I always try to review things that others have passed over and Requiem already has two reviews, this then is what I have to add to those, another reason you might like to buy it, because if you do like the sound of those traction engines, carroselles, coloured lights and organ music etc. and if you weren't there in 64, and you wish you had been, you will love this, you can almost smell the candy floss!
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By BigK90 on 11 Jan. 2015
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Interesting, strange British film with some good extras.
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