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Around the Village Green

Directed by Marion Grierson and Evelyn Spice Cherry
United Kingdom, 1937 (documentary, 12 minutes, black and white, English)

Film Description:
"A contrasting picture of traditional and new village life. The English countryside, cows in fields, ploughing with tractors, women cut cabbages, eggs are weighed, milking machines. Commentary says that the village used to be self-contained but this is changing with modern communications. A bus enters the village; a van from the town stores; postman; cars; public telephone boxes. New houses are built as well as a community hall. Commentary explains that education is also contributing to village change—children enter the village school. Old men outside the public house are interviewed on changes in village life. Further shots of the village green. Commentary explains how village life used to resolve around the squire. Now the estates are disappearing—some are sold to farmers, some used for building, some national property. Sometimes the squire lends his grounds to the villagers—shots of a village fete. Villagers go to church for Harvest Festival. Farmers in the public house playing darts and shove halfpenny and drinking beer. The countryside at sunset."
-- British Film Institute (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Produced by: Marion Grierson, Evelyn Spice
Narrator: John Watt
Music: Benjamin Britten
Production Company: TIDA

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