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BFI Open Road Tour

BFI Open Road Tour

Created by Diane on 29/11/2010
Updated on 14/06/2012
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By BFI - British Film Institute

The Open Road Tour

In 1924 Claude Friese-Greene (cinematographer and son of moving-image pioneer William) embarked on an intrepid road trip from Land's End to John O'Groats. He recorded his journey on film, using an experimental colour process. Entitled The Open Road, this remarkable travelogue was conceived as a series of 26 short episodes, to be shown weekly at the cinema.

The original negatives of The Open Road were deposited with the BFI for preservation in the late 1950s. The nature of the colour process presented a considerable challenge in terms of preserving the original nitrate negatives and creating viewable material. In addition, the content (some three hours in total) was unedited and when viewed did not follow any chronological order. The transfer of the film onto tape enabled the content to be logged and reassembled in a coherent form so that the journey could be recreated.

Find out more at www.bfi.org.uk/openroad

See more BFI Google Earth tours at www.bfi.org.uk/google

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