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Newly restored version for this Ealing rarity


Newly restored version for this Ealing rarity


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A rarely seen classic of British cinema, Ealing Studios’ They Came to a City was directed by Basil Dearden (The Captive Heart, Victim) and stars John Clements, Googie Withers and Raymond Huntley.

A fantastical allegory from the pen of J B Priestley, this most unusual of Ealing’s features has long been hard to see. Now available home on Blu-ray/DVD in a Dual Format Edition, in a new 2K transfer from the best surviving 35mm element. Special features include complementary films preserved in the BFI National Archive and an audio NFT Lecture by producer Michael Balcon from 1969.

Nine disparate Britons are transported to a mysterious city where, according to their class and disposition, they find themselves either in an earthly paradise of peace and equality or a hell starved of ambition and riches. From the pen of JB Priestley, this fantastical allegory is a striking expression of post-war utopian impulses and among Ealing’s most unusual features

 

 

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A rarely seen classic of British cinema, Ealing Studios’ They Came to a City was directed by Basil Dearden (The Captive Heart, Victim) and stars John Clements, Googie Withers and Raymond Huntley.

A fantastical allegory from the pen of J B Priestley, this most unusual of Ealing’s features has long been hard to see. Now available home on Blu-ray/DVD in a Dual Format Edition, in a new 2K transfer from the best surviving 35mm element. Special features include complementary films preserved in the BFI National Archive and an audio NFT Lecture by producer Michael Balcon from 1969.

Nine disparate Britons are transported to a mysterious city where, according to their class and disposition, they find themselves either in an earthly paradise of peace and equality or a hell starved of ambition and riches. From the pen of JB Priestley, this fantastical allegory is a striking expression of post-war utopian impulses and among Ealing’s most unusual features

 

 

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Extras

Special features

  • Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Michael Balcon NFT Lecture (audio only, 1969, 59 mins): the producer discusses his career
  • We Live in Two Worlds (Alberto Cavalcanti, 1937,  14 mins): a GPO film about communications technology, narrated by JB Priestley
  • Britain at Bay (Harry Watt, 1940, 7 mins): a wartime morale-booster narrated by JB Priestley
  • A City Reborn (John Eldridge, 1945, 22 mins): a propaganda film written by Dylan Thomas, highlighting plans for post-war reconstruction
  • Charley in New Town (Joy  Batchelor and John Halas, 1948, 9 mins): an animated short on post-war new towns
  • Your      Very Good Health      (Joy Batchelor and John Halas, 1948, 9 mins): an animated short on the new National Health Service
  • Illustrated booklet with essays by Dr Josephine Botting, Alan Burton, Tim O’Sullivan, Katy McGahan and Jenny Stewart, and full film credits

Additional Info

Additional Info

SKU 5035673013106
Catalogue Number BFIB1310
Subtitle Direcetd by Basil Dearden
Product contents DVD, Blu-ray
Year 1944
Director Basil Dearden
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries UK
Aspect ratio original aspect ratio 1.37:1
Colour B/W
Sound PCM 2.0 mono audio (48kHz/24-bit)
Subtitles English HOH
Language(s) English
Running time 78 mins
DVD region 2
Blu-ray region B
Certificate U

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