Title ID 1064Collection ID677
TitleCountry Rhapsody
Date[ca. late 1930s]
CollectionF P Barnitt
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent Artist/Film-makerNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeRural Life Working Life
KeywordsFarming Labour Landscape Rural Areas Workers
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionF. P. Barnitt
CameraF. P. Barnitt
Format9.5mm Black & White Silent
Duration16 min.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This amateur film charts the countryside through the course of a year. The second half of the film focuses on agricultural activities.


The film opens with images of bare trees and a fast-flowing river. In the Spring lambs, piglets, calves and blossom occupy the land, and the rivers and lakes are still. The wind blows across the corn fields, through bushes and trees and creates ripples on the water. Hay is harvested and the resulting sheaves are loaded onto a horse and cart, and then onto a stack in the farmyard. Male and female labourers pick the apples off the trees. Tractors and shire horse teams plough the land. The film ends as strong winds blow through the trees and with a sunset which silhouettes hay stack against the horizon.


A still from Country Rhapsody (1930s)