How to Be Eccentric: The Films of Richard Massingham (2003)

Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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An unusual combination of comedy, social history, and surrealism, this British Film Institute collection of films consists of 15 archival shorts directed by and featuring the man many consider to be one of Britain's best-kept cinematic secrets: Richard Massingham. Throughout the 1940s, Massingham appeared in a series of comic short films that instructed U.K. citizens on everything from how to cross roads to sneeze into a handkerchief to conserve water during wartime by taking shallow baths. In addition to his public-service themed shorts, this collection also includes cinema advertisements and training films featuring Massingham.