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Description:Genre: Documentary / Product Description HERE S A HEALTH TO THE BARLEY MOW A Century of Folk Customs and Ancient ... more
Here's a Health to the Barley Mow (DVD) ... Rural Games From Cornwall s 'sexy, savage springtime May day rites to the dangerous rolling of burning barrels of tar in Ottery St Mary, this rich and wide ranging collection of films documents and celebrates the folk customs, songs and dances of Great Britain. Amongst the highlights included here are Alan Lomax s glorious Padstow May Day film Oss Oss Wee Oss (1954); a series of 1912 Kinora spools featuring traditional dances by pioneering folklorists Cecil Sharp and George Butterworth; 1920s newsreels charting Shrove Tuesday football contests; and recent footage shot by filmmakers Doc Rowe and Jeremy Deller showing the exhilarating contemporary performance of folk customs and rituals. This sumptuous package draws on films collected over many years by the Britain's national and regional film archives and is presented by the BFI in collaboration with the English Folk Dance and Song Society.
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by - written on 03/11/11, updated on 03/11/11 (Very useful, 32 readings)
This BFI double DVD is about £15 on amazon. This is an amazing collection of pieces of footage of 'folk customs and ancient rural games' from around Britain. Mostly these are very rough and ready - someone has just plonked a camera down in front of a bunch of Morris dancers and let them get on with it. Other films are a bit more crafted, with editing and camera angles and all sorts, but at its best this just lets us watch utterly incomprehensible rituals being enacted, often decades in the past. The two disks contain an astonishing six hours of this stuff, so I'm not going to try to review it all comprehensively. Much of it is very samey anyway. ... Read the complete review