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Red, White and Zero (Blu-ray+DVD) BFI


Never before released in the UK, Woodfall Films’ 1967 portmanteau feature is a major rediscovery. Composed of three shorts – Ride of the Valkyrie, The White Bus and Red and Blue – from three of Britain’s most celebrated directors – Lindsay Anderson, Peter Brook and Tony Richardson – Red, White and Zero embodies the creativity and audacity at the heart of swinging 60s cinema.

Comic legend Zero Mostel stars as an opera singer (in full costume) navigating the London transport network as he attempts to reach Covent Garden in Ride of the Valkyrie.

Scripted by Shelagh Delaney, The White Bus blends realism, drama and poetry as a despondent young woman travels home to the North of England.

And Vanessa Redgrave stars in Tony Richardson’s romantic reverie and musical featurette Red and Blue.

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Special Features

About ‘The White Bus’ (1968, 59 mins): documentary on the making of Lindsay Anderson’s segment
Lindsay Anderson Introduction/Stills Gallery (1968, 5 mins) an audio recording of Anderson addressing the NFT in 1968, played over stills
Behind the Scenes of Red and Blue (1966, 7 mins): Kevin Brownlow’s 16mm footage of cast and crew
Kevin Brownlow on Red, White and Zero (2018, 15 mins): the Red and Blue and The White Bus editor on making the films
Billy Williams on Red and Blue (2018, 14 mins): the cinematographer recalls working with Tony Richardson on the third segment
No Arks (1969, 7 mins): political cartoonist Abu’s satirical reworking of the Noah story, narrated by Vanessa Redgrave
Audio commentary by Adrian Martin
Illustrated booklet with new writing by Sarah Wood, Paul Fairclough, So Mayer, Philip Kemp and Katy McGahan, plus full film credits


Bluray, DVD