Shooting Stars is a must for any silent cinema fan. Offering a rare insight into the workings of a 1920s film studio, there are location scenes, comic stunts and an on-set jazz band which demonstrate just what life was like in the early days of cinema.
Despite the directing credit going to veteran filmmaker A.V. Bramble, Shooting Stars is universally acknowledged to be the directorial debut of rising talent Anthony Asquith. Asquith wrote the original story, deliberately choosing the subject of movie-making itself as his theme, and the dynamic cinematographic style and professional approach to the design and lighting was introduced by Asquith himself, based on his experiences at Chaplin’s studio. The script is sophisticated, incorporating ironic counterpoint and containing very few inter-titles, a trope of Asquith’s work.
Presented on DVD and Blu-ray in a new restoration by the BFI National Archive, this key film of the silent era marked a step change in the quality of British features on a par with Hitchcock’s work at Gainsborough. Anyone enamoured with the glamour of film will relish the knowing humour and style of this long-unseen classic.
Newly restored and presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
Pathe's Screen Beauty Competition (1920, 2 mins)
Around the Town: British Film Stars and Studios (1921, 2 mins)
The Lovely Hundred (1922, 25 secs)
Secrets of a World Industry - The Making of Cinematograph Film (1922, 8 mins)
Meet Jackie Coogan (1924, 11 mins)
Starlings of the Screen (1925,15 mins)
Opening of British Instructional Film Studio (1928, 4 mins)
Stills and Special Collections Gallery (2016, 6 mins)
Original screenplay (downloadable PDF, DVD only)
Illustrated booklet with essays by Bryony Dixon, John Altman, Henry K Miller and Chris O'Rourke, and full film credits
DVD and Blu-ray editions
Anthony Asquith & A.V. Bramble
original aspect ratio 1.33:1
Black & White
Silent with music. Disc 1: DTS-HD Master Audio, 2.0 PCM stereo, Disc 2: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (48kHz/16-bit) | Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo (224kbps)