Requiem for a Village DVD+Blu-ray

David Gladwell, 1975


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Film Details

Directed by David Gladwell

Produced in 1975

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - British Film

Film Description

Although best known for his celebrated work as editor on Lindsay Anderson's If.... and O Lucky Man!, David Gladwell has rarely before been recognised as the director of a collection of extraordinary, ground-breaking films which explore Britain's rural traditions and the undying power of memory. This edition provides the rare opportunity to finally experience Gladwell's lyrical, poetic 1975 film Requiem for a Village, as well as a selection of his rare and striking short film works.

The idyllic, rural past of a Suffolk village rises to life in Requiem for a Village through the memories of an old man who tends a country graveyard. With influences that range from the poet TS Eliot to the artist Stanley Spencer, and using real village residents as amateur actors, the film powerfully suggests that history and memory are ever-present in our lives, regardless of the unrelenting drive towards modernisation.

Writing in the 1975 London Film Festival programme, Lindsay Anderson commented: ‘David Gladwell’s film is an authentic, lyrical pastoral of absolute and obstinate originality – the work of a unique artist… Requiem for a Village is one of that handful of works which prove that the English poetic genius is fully capable – given the right, rare circumstances – of expressing itself in cinema, as it always has in literature and painting.’

DVD+Blu-ray Details

Certificate: 18

Publisher: BFI

Length: 68 mins

Aspect ratio: 1.33:1

Format: DVD+Blu-ray Colour

Region: 0

Released: 18th July 2011

Cat No: BFIB1096

DVD+Blu-ray Extras

  • 2 discs
  • Dual Format Edition
  • A Summer Discord (Gladwell, 1955, 17 mins)
  • Miss Thompson Goes Shopping (Gladwell, 1958, 23 mins)
  • The Great Steam Fair (Gladwell, 1964, 18 mins)
  • An Untitled Film (Gladwell, 1964, 9 mins)
  • Illustrated booklet featuring new sleevenote essay by Rob Young.

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