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    Just recently I've become very disillusioned with modern life and I've started to pine for a different era; In doing so, I've started to collect footage, if only to lose myself in and transport myself back to very different times.



    I'm wondering if you can recommend to me either some commercial releases or unofficial recordings of footage offering a colour snapshot of everyday life in the 40's, 50's or 60's. Apart from the few Look At Life DVDs available on Amazon I just don't know where or what to look for.



    Footage of British holiday locations would be great, just to see the young and old enjoying life, eating ice-creams and basquing in the sun-drenched summers of yesteryear.



    Anything?

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    Why not try the 'British transport Collection'...9 DVDs from the BFI or any mail order distributor like Amazon.Movie Mail or Play. Life as it was captured by brilliant technicians.

    Film Man.

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    Home movies.

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    You tube have many such films and there is software which enables you to download them,



    London in the twenties





    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwahIQz0o-M"]YouTube- The Open Road London (1927)[/ame]

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    hi i know theres stuff out there . particcularly railway educational footage - 30 million acres ( a film about railways moving an entire farm , and whatethe railways provided)

    also " time marches on" a seires of pathe views on everyday life ( politics mostly ) but dont know where youd get it also " dales days" colour footage made by a middleclass man and his families holidays in yorkshire - wonderfull !

    there would be stuff around covering the winters of 1947/63 surely ?

    hope you get on well with this coz id like to find similar to look at myself

    cheers

    H

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    The Pathe News site has lots and lots. They even have the rough footage that never got shown.











    http://www.britishpathe.com/

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    Go to:



    British Pathe



    They have hundreds of hours of material from 1950s, which is all free to view on-line.....

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    name='Film Man']Why not try the 'British transport Collection'...9 DVDs from the BFI or any mail order distributor like Amazon.Movie Mail or Play. Life as it was captured by brilliant technicians.

    Film Man.


    Yes, bang on Film Man. These British Transport films are little jewels but if you're interested in everyday life in 1950s Britain here are few that fit the bill.

    EAST ANGLIAN HOLIDAY 1954

    HEART OF ENGLAND 1954

    DOWN TO SUSSEX 1964

    HOLIDAY 1957

    CYCLIST'S SPECIAL

    ANY MAN'S KINGDOM

    LANCASHIRE COAST



    These are all in colour and there ar many more but these would make a good start. The commercial issues are excellent and very well presented but a bit on the pricey side. Also, there are a lot of BTFs that cover maintenance, shunting, track laying etc. and although excellent maybe not what you're looking for.

    Good luck and happy viewing.

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    Thanks very much, the pathe website looks very promising. You just can't beat the look and the feel of 16mm or 35mm film. It's just a beautiful thing. I'll be ordering the British Transport Collection too sometime today, that looks to be an essential purchase.

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    EAST ANGLIAN HOLIDAY 1954

    HEART OF ENGLAND 1954

    DOWN TO SUSSEX 1964

    HOLIDAY 1957

    CYCLIST'S SPECIAL

    ANY MAN'S KINGDOM

    LANCASHIRE COAST


    Are all the aforementioned available to buy or at least in circulation?

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    Yes.....

    More details on the BFI site:



    BFI Filmstore British Transport Films



    Check on-line stores for the best prices....

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    This is worth a look...

    YouTube - BFIfilms's Channel

    When I first found it ,the content changed frequently,not sure now.

    Regards,Frame.

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    This is also an essential purchase......









    Look at Life was a regular series of short documentary films produced in the 1960s by the Special Features Division of the Rank Organisation and screened in their Odeon and Gaumont cinemas - replacing the circuit�s newsreel, Universal News, which had become largely irrelevant with the advent of television news broadcasts.





    Marvellously concise and beautifully shot, these �slice of life� colour featurettes � numbering over 500 episodes in total � presented cinemagoers with varied aspects of contemporary British life, and among the documentaries included here are several that vividly capture the vibrancy and optimism of the Swinging Sixties. Digitally restored from the original film elements, this release compiles 54 memorable films which offer a fascinating snapshot of transport in 1960s� Britain, with many unseen since their first screening.



    Narrated by TIM TURNER, RAYMOND BAXTER, MICHAEL INGRAMS, EAMONN ANDREWS, JOHN WITTY, ANNE MacEWEN and DUNCAN CARSE



    TITLES INCLUDED:



    Ticket to Tokyo

    Travelling with a Britannia airliner from London to Tokyo and back.



    Letting Off Steam

    Celebrating British Railways� change of technology to bring in the modern age of commuter travel.



    New Roads for Old

    A look at tomorrow�s roads in the making.



    Flight on a Cushion

    Telling the story of a hovercraft from the moment it was invented.



    Talking of Coaches...

    Life from the back of a coach during a tour of Italy.



    Alpine Rescue

    An impressive glimpse of the hazards faced by Swiss glacier pilots.



    Shopping for a �Queen�

    In this case it is the �Queen Elizabeth�, the 83,000 ton liner.



    Sailing the Sky

    All the thrills of gliding and an interview with Britain�s leading woman glider pilot.



    Driving Test

    Driving school tuition and the training of police drivers.



    Shape of a Ship

    Taking a look at the big new liners being built.



    Air Hostess

    This quirky film follows an early �trolley dolly� and her working day.



    Taxi! Taxi!!

    Looking at the organisation behind taxis, from how they are made to picking up passengers.



    All Through the Night

    Out on the trunk roads with the night lorries. It�s a tough life for these night drivers.



    Over and Under

    A look at the modern bridge building that is taking place all over Britain today.



    Horse-power Riders

    Experts prove that safety on a motor-cycle stems from control of the machine.



    Eyes of the Law

    A look at traffic control and motorways in Germany.



    Scooter Commuter

    In ten years, the scooter population has increased from 4,250 to over 41,000.



    Sea Horses

    Little tugs, without which any big port would come to a standstill, are featured.



    So They All Hover Now

    Today all kinds of things are hovering. Trucks, barrows, even stretchers!



    The Village Sleeps Again

    The pros and cons of building a by-pass.



    Birdmen

    John Wimpenny is the first man to pedal himself through the air for more than half a mile.



    Draw the Fires

    An interim report on the railway modernisation schemes that have aroused controversy.



    The Car Has Wings

    Natural boundaries no longer limit the range of motoring.



    Vintage Models

    A visit to Montague Motor Museum at Beaulieu in the New Forest.



    Pilot Aboard

    The story of Britain�s pilotage services: always on call.



    Where No Tide Flows

    A look at canals today and how they have been rediscovered by holidaymakers.



    High, Wide and Faster

    Closer co-ordination between our roads, railways and coastal shipping facilities.



    Oil Aboard

    The story of the oil tankers and the crews that sail in them.



    Report on a River

    Modernising port services and keeping traffic moving on the Thames.



    Europe Grows Together

    Britain is having to look urgently at her links with the Continent.



    Turn of the Wheel

    What happens to the old trains and buses which are being replaced?



    City of the Air

    A fascinating look at many aspects of London Airport in the BOAC and BEA era.



    Behind the Ton-Up Boys

    There are nearly two million motor-cyclists in Britain.



    Going Places Under Water

    The story of the world�s first underwater sightseeing bus.



    Living with Cars

    What is being done to cope with the increasing number of cars on our roads?



    Flying to Work

    Private planes and helicopters are springing up all over the country.



    The Spirit of Brooklands

    The story of the renowned motor racing circuit.



    Weather Adviser

    In all conditions, special ships maintain a constant scientific watch on the weather.



    What Price Safety?

    What is being done to make cars and roads safer?



    Down in the Dumps

    How the problem of dumped cars is being tackled.



    Cats of the Sea

    The thrill of sailing catamarans is giving thousands of people plenty of fun.



    Breaking the Ice

    Taking a look at the icebreakers responsible for keeping shipping routes open.



    Skimming Through the Sixties

    What is happening to the hovercraft?



    The Big Take-Off

    What�s happening to the British aircraft industry in the face of competition?



    Lighter Than Air

    Going up in a hot air balloon.



    Just an Accident

    Twenty people are killed on the roads daily.



    Scrambling for It

    A sport which today attracts thousands of followers.



    The Straits of Dover

    Every day, 750 ships pass through the five mile wide shipping channel.



    Where Do You Leave the Boat?

    With more pleasure boats being built, the problem is where to keep them.



    Pushing the Bike

    The bike�s impact on the world today.



    Playing Trains

    On unprofitable branch lines, thousands of people are still running steam locomotives.



    The City�s For Living In

    Many cities in Britain today face the danger of traffic�s impact on the environment



    All in a Day�s Work

    A look at people who travel the world by air as part of their everyday jobs.



    A Load of Pheasants

    Intercontinental deliveries by lorries that travel via the ferries of Britain�s ports.



    Catalogue Number: 7953154

    Time: TBC

    Region: 2 / PAL

    Subtitles: None

    Sound: Mono / English

    Picture: 1.33:1 / Colour

    Number of Discs: 4

    Classification: Exempt

    Barcode: 5027626315443



    This product will be in stock on Monday 08 March, 2010.

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    Dear Sally, I believe that many of us who knew those decades use British movies, B/W (plus imagination) or colour for a form of time-travel/nostalgia trip and overlook the artistic shortcomings.

    What I am saying is concentrate on a collection of British based films from the decades of your choice, feature or non fiction plus public domain family cine/videos on archive web-pages.

    You then have a purpose in the present i.e. research and pursue your hobby which will enable you to meet many people. When fed-up, sit in a cosy chair with a drink and wallow in nostalgia by watching something from your collection. I do it regularly. If you see and old boy going through the DVD's or VHS's so deeply as to be odd in a charity shop you never know it could be Benardo.

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    On you-tube tap in 'Trolleybuses' or 'Trams' and there'll be some amateur colour cine films to see of a bygone era...........

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    I thought I'd post this here rather than in 60s music clips, because it's really about the dancers ... (Tony Sands and the Drumbeats were a semi-pro group from Northampton).





    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmHyYd60I5M&feature=rec-LGOUT-exp_fresh+div-1r-3-HM"]YouTube- Poison Ivy[/ame]

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    I've got an old Butlins Holiday Camp short which is fascinating, and there was a TV series a few years ago called 'The British Seaside'...I have most or possibly all of this, I'd have to check.















    name='SallySpandex']Just recently I've become very disillusioned with modern life and I've started to pine for a different era; In doing so, I've started to collect footage, if only to lose myself in and transport myself back to very different times.



    I'm wondering if you can recommend to me either some commercial releases or unofficial recordings of footage offering a colour snapshot of everyday life in the 40's, 50's or 60's. Apart from the few Look At Life DVDs available on Amazon I just don't know where or what to look for.



    Footage of British holiday locations would be great, just to see the young and old enjoying life, eating ice-creams and basquing in the sun-drenched summers of yesteryear.



    Anything?

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    name='SallySpandex']Footage of British holiday locations would be great, just to see the young and old enjoying life, eating ice-creams and basquing in the sun-drenched summers of yesteryear.



    Anything?
    I'm still wondering about this image I have of you relaxing in the sunshine in a Basque. You don't often see people wearing them nowadays, especially out of doors



    Steve

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    name='Steve Crook']I'm still wondering about this image I have of you relaxing in the sunshine in a Basque. You don't often see people wearing them nowadays, especially out of doors



    Steve


    I'm sure the Carry On team made some mileage out of that one in "Carry On Abroad",Steve.

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