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Silent Britain

7/10
Release Date 2006-05-31
Runtime 89 minutes
Genres Documentary
Stars Matthew Sweet, Jack Cardiff, Ian Christie, Bryony Dixon, Michael Eaton
Directors David M. Thompson, Matthew Sweet

Long treated with indifference by critics and historians, British silent cinema has only recently undergone the reevaluation it has long deserved, revealing it to be far richer than previously acknowledged. This documentary, featuring clips from a remarkable range of films, celebrates the early years of British filmmaking and spans from such pioneers as George Albert Smith and Cecil Hepworth to such later figures as Anthony Asquith, Maurice Elvey and, of course, Alfred Hitchcock.

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