Requiem for a Village (BFI Flipside) (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
- 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)
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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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.