Some BFI releases for April 2017

Intended to be shown to the German people in 1946 damn the Nazi regime and shame the German people in to acceptance of Allied occupation, a complete rough-cut of this disturbing documentary revealing the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps was viewed at the Ministry of Information in London and in the end never shown.

In September 1945 Sidney Bernstein led a small team –which included Stewart McAllister, Richard Crossman and Alfred Hitchcock–to complete the film from hours of footage and to create a feature-length visual report on the Nazi atrocities. However the project was left unfinished and shelved.

Even in its incomplete form, the film was immensely powerful, generating an awed hush among audiences. But now, complete to six reels, this faithfully restored and definitive version produced by the Imperial War Museums and with a newly recorded narration by actor Jaspar Britton, has been rightfully compared with Alain Resnais’ Night and Fog (1955).

•Format: 2 x DVD9 + 1 X BD50
•Production: UK | 1945/2014 | black and white | 72 mins (+ extras) | Subtitles: English hard-of-hearing, German, Hebrew, French, Polish, Russian, Hungarian, Italian, Czech and Dutch | Cert 18
•DISC 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM stereo audio (48kHz/24-bit)
•DISC 2 and Disc 3: DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital stereo audio (192kbps)

Special features:
•New restoration by IWM (Imperial War Museums)
•Presented with both an optional contextualising intro and outro
•Panel Discussion at the BFI Southbank (2015, 42 mins): restoration director Dr Toby Haggith(IWM) is joined on-stage by a panel of experts to discuss the film
•Audio Commentary with Dr Toby Haggithand senior curator Patrick Russell (BFI)
•VoxPops Compilation(2015, 6 mins): cinema-goers reflect after a screening at the BFI Southbank
•Interview with Ludwig Weill at Fort Breendonk(1945, 5 mins): archival interview with a freed prisoner
•Interviews and Statements at Bergen-Belsen(1945, 17 mins): archival interviews with SS soldiers, freed prisoners and members of the British Army
•Interviews and Statements at Dachau(1945, 12 mins): archival interviews with recently liberated prisoners
•Interview with Petr Zenkl(1945, 12 mins): archival interview with the Czech politician who was imprisoned at Dachau and Buchenwald
•Alternate archival soundtrack
•80-page perfect-bound book with new writing on the film, and full film credits


Set in 1930s Shanghai and staring one of the early stars of Chinese cinema, Lingyu Ruan, who play a ‘goddess’ (a euphemism for a prostitute). Forced to resort to prostitution in order to feed herself and her young son she is shamed by her neighbours.

This profoundly moving but rarely seen classic of world cinema is a tragic tale of shame and maternal sacrifice.
The film 24 year old star Lingyu Ruan committed suicide ay ear after the film’s release.

Newly restored by the Chinese Film Archive
•Production: China | 1934 | black and white | 78 minutes | silent, Mandarin intertitles with English subtitles | original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | PAL | 25fps | PCM 2.0 stereo audio (48kHz/24-bit) | region 2

Gripping silent thriller about love, remorse and betrayal set among a group of revolutionaries in the newly independent Ireland of 1922. The film is based on Liam O’Flaherty’s novel.

•Production: UK | 1929 |black and white and t | 100 minutes | silent with music | original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | BD50: 1080p, 24fps, DTS-HD Master Sound 5.1 and PCM 2.0 stereo audio (48kHz/24-bit), region free | DVD9: PAL, 25fps, region 0

Special features:

•A new restoration presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
•The Sound version of The Informer (1929, 84 mins)
•Restoration Demonstration (2016, 5 mins)
•Shaping the Silence (2017, 10 mins)
•A selection of Topical Budget films from the newly independent Ireland: I Want Peace (1921) | Is it the Dawn? (1921) | Historic Unionist Conference at Liverpool (1921) | Irish Peace Imperilled By Extremists (1921) | Further Pictures if the Irish Peace (1921) | Surrender of Dublin castle (1922) | British Evacuate Ireland after Hundreds of Years of Occupation (1922) | Dublin’s Civil War (1922)
•Illustrated booklet with full film credits and essays by Bryony Dixon, Garth Knox and Michael Brooke

Two Liverpool girls (Alexandra Pigg and Margi Clarke are out for a night on the town when they meed two Russian sailors (Alfred Molina and Peter Firth) on shore leave and love blossoms.

One of the Key 1980s British films set against a backdrop of Thatcherism, Liverpool and the cold war
Special features:
•Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
•An Interview with Margi Clarke (2017, 35 mins)
•An Interview with Alexandra Piggand Peter Firth (2017, 14 mins)
•Audio commentary with Margi Clarke

Key film from the golden age of the 1970s New Hollywood. Alice (Ellen Burstyn), along with her young son leave their home in New Mexico to return as an independent woman to Monterey. However to reach her destination, Alice has to stop off along the way to make enough money for her and Tommy to survive.

•Production: USA | 1974 | colour | English language with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 107 minutes | DVD9 | original aspect ratio 1.85:1 | Dolby Digital 2.0 mono | region 2
Special features:

•Partial audio commentary with director Martin Scorsese and actors Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson and Diane Ladd
•Second Chances… The Making of Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (20 mins)
•Original theatrical trailer (2 mins)
•Illustrated booklet featuring full credits and essays by Nicholas Pillai and Christina Newland.

Who's That Knocking at My DoorWHO’S THAT KNOCKING AT MY DOOR? (15) 1967 SCORSESE, MARTIN £19.99
Powerful drama shot in gritty black and white on the streets of the New York among the Italian community. The film stars Harvey Keitel and introduces us to classic Scorsese themes of Catholic guilt, Italian mother and repressed sexuality in the violent streets of New York.
•Production: USA | 1967 | black and white | English language with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 86 minutes | DVD9 | original aspect ratio 1.85:1 | Dolby Digital 2.0 mono | region 2

Special features:
•Partial audio commentary with director Martin Scorsese and MardikMartin
•From the Classroom to the Streets: The Making of Who’s that Knocking at My Door (13 mins)
•Illustrated booklet featuring full credits and an essay by Christina Newland.

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