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The Summer Game
WG Grace and Bodyline, village greens and rain-soaked pitches - the story of cricket has rarely looked better.
Sport 1970 33 mins
This loving homage to the game of cricket is an unadulterated treat; a fascinating story beautifully yet succinctly told. The dulcet tones of Rene Cutforth and Hamilton Dyce narrate the history of the game, bringing a wonderfully poetic dimension to achingly beautiful scenes of village cricket greens. From the early days of Hambledon, through the establishment of the MCC, touring teams, WG Grace, Bodyline, the introduction of one day cricket and so much more in between, this is a joy to watch.
Cricket on Film
Prince Ranjitsinhji Practising Batting at the Nets Prince Ranjitsinhji Practising Batting at the Nets
Sport 1897 1 mins Silent
Probably the first ever cricket film: Indian cricketing royalty prepares for the first test between England and Australia at Sydney.
Sport 1980 6 mins Location: Taunton
Interview with International and Somerset cricketers Ian Botham and Viv Richards
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1924 1 mins Silent
Rain may stop play, but never the British sense of humour.
1951 1 mins Silent
Sevenoaks Vine Cricket Club hosts a women's cricket match between the Kent XI and the touring Australian team.
Short documentary 2016 12 mins
Cricketing legend Mike Atherton joins BFI senior curator Steve Bryant on a tour through a century of cricket on film.
Amateur film 1960 7 mins Silent Location: Horley
First-class big-hitters from the county team, including Rupert Webb, take on Horley in this exciting colour film from 1960’s Sussex
Travelogue 1907 9 mins Silent
A grand tour of Japan’s major cities, offering scenic views of the streets and daily life.
Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
This ethnographic film offers a brief overview of the traditional culture of the Ainu, an ethnic minority in Japan.
Documentary 1905 4 mins
The performance of a masked dancer is followed by a scene from a kendo match, contrasting grace and ferocity.
Non-Fiction 1904 2 mins Silent
In a school gymnastic festival, boys and girls demonstrate their physical rigour through exercise and dance.
Interest film 1909 5 mins Silent
A vibrant festival with parades of fishermen and geisha celebrates the 50th anniversary of the opening of Yokohama Port.
1912 5 mins Silent
Pathécolor’s mechanical stencil colouring is put to good use illustrating a festival at an ancient shrine.