DVD: A Day in the Life: Four Portraits of Postwar Britain by John Krish (E)

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"Never seen the sea before, it's got a funny smell to it," narrates one of the deprived children taken on an away-day to Weston Super Mare in John Krish's sumptuous 1961 short film, They Took Us to the Sea, one of four documentaries in this evocative collection, celebrating one of the unsung masters of British cinema.

The film-maker has a keen awareness that he's documenting a time before it's lost to us, be it in The Elephant Will Never Forget, which documents the last London tram journey or the devastating I Think They Call Him John, in which we witness John, a lonely widower living in his "single silence".