Rare Brit Films Free

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The Film Detective has teamed up with the BFI National Archive to launch more than a dozen rare classic movies under a new British Film Institute category.

Here are some highlights:

Masters of Venus (1962) is an eight-episode short-form sci-fi kids movie serial in which a spaceship crew from earth meets Venusians who may have descended from the lost city of Atlantis. You can watch all the episodes in some two hours.

A Night at the Cinema in 1914 is a 2014 feature-length film made to mark the centenary of the start of World War I. It includes the non-fiction doc shorts Palace Pandemonium and Looping the Loop at Hendon, a chapter of The Perils of Pauline starring Pearl White, and other films from 1914 — all set to music reflecting the time period.

Orders are Orders (1954) is a comedy about an American film production company using the barracks of a British army base to shoot a science-fiction movie, with the soldiers as extras. Brian Reece, Margot Grahame and Raymond Huntley star, with a young Peter Sellers also in the cast.

Nineteen Nineteen (1984), called an “ambitious and fascinating film” by The New York Times, tells the fictional story of Sigmund Freud’s last two surviving patients (Paul Scofield and Maria Schell). They meet in Vienna in 1970 and recall their separate 1919 analyses through flashbacks (their younger selves are played by Colin Firth and Clare Higgins).

After you watch Nineteen Nineteen, you can view the following 2014 Q&A with the film’s director Hugh Brody, actress Juliet Stevenson (who appeared in the BBC’s 1984 Freud miniseries), and a real psychoanalyst, Michael Brearley:  

Other titles in The Film Detective’s BFI collection include:

Documentaries —  We are the Lambeth Boys (1959), Berth 24 (1950) and  Blue Pullman (1960).

Comedy — Crook’s Tour (1940).

Drama — Life in Her Hands (1951) and Murder in the Cathedral (1952), an adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s 1935 verse drama, with a screenplay co-written by Eliot, who also voices the 4th Tempter.

Kids/Family — Anoop and the Elephant (1972) and a crime drama, Night Ferry (1976)

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Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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