Rent COI Collection: Vol.2: Design for Today (1985)

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Established in 1946, the Central Office of Information (COI) was a successor to the wartime Ministry of Information and was responsible for producing thousands of films which celebrated Britain, its people and their achievements. This second volume in the COI Collection surveys the subjects of architecture, design and fashion.
Highlights include: Designing Women (1948), where Joyce Grenfell takes us through the dos and don'ts of home furnishing; Brief City (1952), where we see modernist architecture and design on show at the Festival of Britain; Design for Today (1965), Hugh Hudson's day-in-the-life of British design; Insight: Terence Conran (1981) and Insight: Zandra Rhodes (1981), in which Peter Greenaway and Michael Nyman team up in two early collaborations; and The Pacemakers: Biha (1970), a look at the work of Barbara Hulanicki. This volume also boasts two newly commissioned scores by electronic pop band Saint Etienne. They give Designed in Britain (1959) and Design for Today (1965) a contemporary music make-over, whilst still retaining some original features. An accompanying booklet provides authoritative notes, along with Hugh Hudson's recollections of making 'Design for Today'.
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A.W. Barnes, Richard Massingham, Annabel Olivier-Wright
Narrated By:
Hugh Casson, Patrick O'Donavan
Stephen Potter, Joyce Grenfell, Roger MacDougall, Patrick O'Donovan, David Cammell, Hugh Hudson, Malcolm Brook
BFI Video
Special Interest, British TV, TV Documentaries
Release Date:
Run Time:
205 minutes
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour and B & W
  • Two new, specially commissioned scores by Saint Etienne
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following:
- Designing Women (1948)
- Design for Britain
- Brief City (1952)
- Design for Today (1965)
- This Week in Britain 615: The National Theatre
- The Pacemakers: Basil Spence
- Insight: Terence Conran (1981)
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following:
- Sixty Years of Fashion
- Mini Skirts Make Money
- The Pacemakers: Biba (1970)
- The Country Look
- This Week in Britain 750: Men's Fashions
- 24 Hours: Men''s Fashion (Spanish Version)
- This Week in Britain 791: Mary Quant Show
- This Week in Britain 1111: Savile Row
- Insight: Zandra Rhodes (1981)
- A Woman's Place: Image Makers

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