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A Day in the Life (Dual Format Edition)


Four remarkable films by documentary filmmaker John Krish

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John Krish is one of British cinema's best-kept secrets: a master of post-war documentary filmmaking who repeatedly turned his works for sponsors as diverse at the Central Office of Information (COI) and the NSPCC into not just effective non-fiction films, but truly stirring cinema to rank alongside the world's greatest directors.

A Day in the Life collects together four of his most cherished films:

  • The Elephant Will Never Forget (1953), a farewell to London's trams
  • Our School (1962), charting the beliefs of educators, and the aspirations of the decade's young school-leavers
  • They Took Us to the Sea (1961), a poignant record of a seaside outing for disadvantaged children
  • I Think They Call Him John (1964), a deeply moving account of an elderly widower.

In each of these films – richly textured with the details of everyday post-war life – Krish combines a deep belief in humanity with a compulsive desire to push the documentary form forward.

This essential and critically acclaimed collection is supplemented by an interview with Krish, as well as Krish's rarely seen films I Want to Go to School  (1959) and Mr Marsh Comes to School (1961).

  • I Want to Go to School (1959, 30 minutes): a charming portrait of a typical day at a primary school
  • Mr Marsh Comes to School (1961, 28 minutes); a distinctly unorthodox film for teenagers, featuring a supernaturally talented Youth Employment Officer
  • Interview with John Krish (2010, 19 minutes, DVD only): On-stage interview at BFI Southbank
  • Illustrated booklet with notes and essays by Kevin Brownlow, John Krish, BFI curator Patrick Russell and others.
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SKU 5035673010976
Catalogue Number BFIB1097
Subtitle Four Portraits of Post-War Britain by John Krish
Product contents DVD and Blu-ray editions
Year 1953 -1964
Director John Krish
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries United Kingdom
Aspect ratio 1.33:1
Colour Black & White
Sound Sound
Running time 90 min
DVD region 2
Blu-ray region B
Certificate Exempt
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