A Panamint Cinema high-definition restoration from original 35 mm film materials, exclusively available direct from Panamint Cinema.
Battle for Music (1943, b/w). The year is 1939. Following a meeting of creditors of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the players form a new company and arrange bookings themselves. Struggling with costs after their first series of concerts, they meet the writer J. B. Priestley who arranges a "Musical Manifesto" fund-raiser at the Queen's Hall. Then their real break comes when band leader Jack Hylton books the orchestra for a season of music hall concerts. The orchestra plays music by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Greig, Beethoven, Wagner and Rachmaninov. The film ends with Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance”.
Directed by Donald Taylor. Produced by Strand Film Company.
Musical Poster No 1 (1940, colour). An animated film in which colours and abstract shapes vibrate to music illustrating the message "Careful! The enemy is listening to you”.
Directed by Len Lye. Produced by Crown Film Unit.
Adeste Fideles (1941, b/w). The spirit of Christmas in war-time Britain. In the midst of war the British people celebrate Christmas with undiminished faith, despite bombings and evacuations. A stoical view of the British in adversity.
Directed by Ralph Keene & Ralph Bond. Produced by Strand Film Company.
C.E.M.A. (1942, b/w). R. A. Butler, M.P. explains the activities of the Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts. The film shows arts events, including music performances, around the country including seaports and mining towns.
Directed by John Banting, Dylan Thomas et al.
Produced by Strand Film Company.
Special Feature: Battle for Music: Unreleased Version.
DIRECTORS: Donald Taylor, Len Lye, Ralph Keene, Ralph Bond, John Banting, Dylan Thomas
ACTORS: Thomas Russell, Joss Ambler, J.B. Priestley, Jack Hylton
PIANO SOLOISTS: Eileen Joyce, Benno Moiseiwitsch
CONDUCTORS: Malcolm Sargent, Sir Adrian Boult, Constant Lambert, Warwick Braithwaite
SPECIAL FEATURES: Musical Poster No 1 (1940, colour). "Be careful - the enemy is listening!"; Adeste Fideles (1941, b/w). Christians celebrate their faith during the Blitz; C.E.M.A. (1942, b/w). R. A. Butler, M.P. explains the activities of the Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts; Unreleased cut of Battle for Music, with unique footage; 16 page illustrated booklet
SUBTITLES: In English for the deaf and hard of hearing
BBFC CERTIFICATE: E - Exempt
FEATURE RUNNING TIME: 79 mins
FORMAT: Blu-ray All Regions | Aspect ratio 1.37:1 | b/w
ENCODING: Video: 1080p AVC MPEG4 | Audio: Dolby Digital Mono 2.0
THEATRICAL RELEASE DATE: 1943
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 186 mins