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Requiem for a Village (Flipside 018) (Dual Format Edition)


The idyllic, rural past of a Suffolk village comes to life through the memories of an old man who tends a country graveyard



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The idyllic, rural past of a Suffolk village comes to life through the memories of an old man who tends a country graveyard, in this extraordinary, little-seen folk horror from David Gladwell.

Although best known for his celebrated work as editor on Lindsay Anderson's If.... and O Lucky Man!, Gladwell has, until now, rarely been recognised as the director of a number of groundbreaking films.

BFI Flipside is dedicated to rediscovering the margins of British film, reclaiming a space for forgotten movies and filmmakers who would otherwise be in danger of disappearing from our screens forever. It is a home for UK cinematic oddities, offering everything from exploitation documentaries to B-movies, countercultural curios and obscure classics, If it's weird, British and forgotten, then it's Flipside.

Browse more BFI Flipside titles.


  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • A Summer Discord (Gladwell, 1955, 17 mins, silent): a visionary drama centered around a young girl's argument with her mother
  • Miss Thompson Goes Shopping (Gladwell, 1958, 23 mins): a sensitive and inventive portrait of an elderly lady's shopping trip
  • The Great Steam Fair (David Gladwell, Derrick Knight, 1964, 18 mins): an assured, lyrical example of Gladwell's extensive work as editor and director of documentary shorts
  • An Untitled Film (Gladwell, 1964, 9 mins): an extraordinary piece of film art, exploring the power, beauty and violence contained in a single moment of time
  • Booklet, illustrated withy Gladwell's recent paintings, featuring essays by filmmaker Elizabeth Sussex, Rob young, and William Fowler
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SKU 5035673010969
Catalogue Number BFIB1096
Subtitle A film by David Gladwell
Product contents DVD and Blu-ray editions
Year 1975
Director Gladwell, David
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries United Kingdom
Aspect ratio 1.33:1e
Colour Colour
Sound Sound
Subtitles English Hard of Hearing
Language(s) English
Running time 68
DVD region 2
Blu-ray region B
Certificate 18
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