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Night Mail (1936)

Night Mail is one of the best known British documentaries of the 1930s and is often considered to be one of the best documentaries and best short films of all time.

In a brisk 24 minutes, the film documents the overnight journey of the travelling post office train from London to Scotland. The film follows the train from the moment the letters are loaded into mail bags at Euston Station until its arrival in Scotland. The film was made with the co-operation of the LMS (London, Midland & Scottish) Railway and there are no actors, just ordinary people doing their everyday jobs.

The Best Film and TV Versions of A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a mean, cantankerous old miser who is visited on Christmas Eve by three ghosts, who present him with visions of Christmases past, present and future. Together they show him the error of his ways and Scrooge wakes up the next morning, Christmas Day, as a reformed character, full of generosity and the joys of life. Or alternatively, A Christmas Carol is the story of a staid Victorian businessman who has a bad dream one night and the next day goes totally crazy.

Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Hope) (1977)

When it was first released in May 1977, the omens for Star Wars were not particularly good. The film's leading actors were unknowns, the sci-fi genre was still a niche one, and its director's last effort in that area had been a box office disaster. Rumours from the set were bad, the film constantly strained at its budgetary limits and studio heads considered pulling the plug at one point. The crew meanwhile were openly derisive of this strange space story, wondering what on earth they were working on.