Requiem for a Village

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

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 film 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.

Special features

  • Presented in both high definition and standard definition.
  • A Summer Discord (Gladwell, 1955, 17 min, silent): a visionary drama centre around a young girl’s argument with her mother.
  • Miss Thompson Goes Shopping (Gladwell, 1958, 23 min): a sensitive and inventive portrait of an elderly lady’s shopping trip.
  • The Great Steam Fair (David Gladwell, Derrick Knight, 1964, 18 min): an assured, lyrical example of Gladwell’s extensive work as editor and director of documentary shorts.
  • An Untitled Film (Gladwell, 1964, 9 min): an extraordinary piece of film art, exploring the power, beauty and violence contained in a single moment of time.
  • Booklet, illustrated with Gladwell’s recent paintings, featuring essays by filmmaker Elizabeth Sussex, Rob Young and William Fowler.
     

Product information

    • Certificate

      18

    • Colour

      Colour

    • Sound

      Sound

    • Running time

      68mins

    • Subtitles

      English for the hard-of-hearing

    • Original aspect ratio

      1.33:1e

    • DVD region

      • 2 Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories

    • Blu-ray region

      • B - Includes most European and Middle-Eastern countries, all of Africa, Australia and New Zealand

    • Catalogue number

      BFIB1096

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