Rent The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands (1927)

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Synopsis:
This dramatic reconstruction of two decisive naval battles from the Great War is one of the finest films of the British silent era. The Battle of Coronel, off the coast of Chile, was a triumph for German Admiral von Spee and the first defeat of the British navy for a hundred years. The retaliatory strike was instigated six weeks later by Admiral Fisher, who sent two large battlecruisers, HMS Invincible and HMS Inflexible, to the South Atlantic to restore British supremacy. Filmed on real battleships supplied by the Admiralty, this monumental production, like Eisenstein's 'Battleship Potemkin' (1925), glories in the power and beauty of the machine.
Scrupulously fair in its treatment of the enemy, this stirring film has been restored by the BFI National Archive and is presented with a newly commissioned score composed by Simon Dobson and performed by the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines.
Actors:
, , Hans von Slock
Directors:
Producers:
A.E. Bundy, H. Bruce Woolfe
Writers:
Frank Bowden, John Buchan, Merritt Crawford, Harry Engholm
Studio:
BFI Video
Genres:
British Films, Documentary
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
19/01/2015
Run Time:
102 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Languages:
Silent
Subtitles:
None
Bonus:
  • Scoring 'The Battles of Coronel' and 'Falkland Islands' (2014,12 mins): a consideration of Simon Dobson's new musical accompaniment
  • 'The Battles of Coronel' and 'Falkland Islands' Restoration Demonstration (2014, 6 mins): some of the problems faced by the BFI restoration team
  • BFI London Film Festival Archive Gala Introduction (2014,3 mins)
  • 'Sea Dreams' (Lancelot Speed, 1914,6 mins): animation mocking the German Navy
  • 'Naval Review' (Will Barker, 1914,5 mins): King George V reviews the British fleet at Spithead in July 1914
  • 'Our Naval Losses' (1914,1 min): moving eulogy to the British ships sunk in the early months of the war
  • 'England Expects' (1914,1 min): scenes of Trafalgar Day at Nelson's Column
BBFC:
Release Date:
19/01/2015
Run Time:
106 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Languages:
Silent
Subtitles:
None
Bonus:
  • Scoring 'The Battles of Coronel' and 'Falkland Islands' (2014,12 mins): a consideration of Simon Dobson's new musical accompaniment
  • 'The Battles of Coronel' and 'Falkland Islands' Restoration Demonstration (2014, 6 mins): some of the problems faced by the BFI restoration team
  • BFI London Film Festival Archive Gala Introduction (2014,3 mins)
  • 'Sea Dreams' (Lancelot Speed, 1914,6 mins): animation mocking the German Navy
  • 'Naval Review' (Will Barker, 1914,5 mins): King George V reviews the British fleet at Spithead in July 1914
  • 'Our Naval Losses' (1914,1 min): moving eulogy to the British ships sunk in the early months of the war
  • 'England Expects' (1914,1 min): scenes of Trafalgar Day at Nelson's Column

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