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The Moon and the Sledgehammer (1971)

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1h 5min
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Philip Trevelyan's timeless film, 'The Moon and the Sledgehammer', is a portrait of the unique Page family, whose self-sustained lifestyle in 5 acres of woodland, surrounded by nature, scrap iron and steam engines is a true celebration of independent living. This video offers an insight into the making of this unforgettable film and answers many of the questions the film's fans have long been asking.
Where was Mrs Page? What happened to the family? Are they still there? Here, the director, cameraman editor, production company and critics talk about the background to the film and how it came to be made; their role in it and the difficulties they faced filming outdoors, how they improvised, sometimes with tractors, to overcome them and how they interacted with the family. It was an unusual film in that it didn't have a story-line. Producer Jimmy Vaughan and director Trevelyan had different views on this. Editor Barrie Vince had to find a way of arranging the scenes to produce a coherent film. The combined minds and talents of Vaughan and Trevelyan, and calm engineering of Vince, produced an unforgettable gem which continues to fascinate and enthral audiences 40 years on.
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Philip Trevelyan
Philip Trevelyan
British Films, Documentary, Special Interest
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Not released
Run Time:
65 minutes

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