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icons_-_jimi.jpg Contemporary Films' footage of 20th century iconic personalities covers exclusive and rarely seen images as widely diverse as the names themselves.

icons_nico.jpg They range from the most important political figures of the 20th century from Mao, Fidel Castro, Angela Davis and Nelson Mandela to screen personalities such as Julie Christie, Michael Caine and Paul Robeson to renowned artists such as David Hockney and Pablo Picasso; the greats of 20th century music rock scene Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Muddy Waters; the world of 1960s counterculture William Burroughs, Ossie Clarke, Allen Ginsberg, and many more –people whose influences were instrumental in forming the world-views and cultural tastes of 20th century generations.


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Count Basie

James Baldwin

Jane Birkin

Celia Birtwhistle

Peter Brook

William Burroughs

Fidel Castro

Ho Chi Minh

Ossie Clarke

Angela Davis

Eugene Debs

Desmond Dekker



Ian Dury

Paul Eddington

Duke Ellington

Sergei Eisenstein

M C Escher

Marianne Faithfull

Stephen Frears

Johnny Golan

Che Guevara

Lord Hailsham

Dag Hammarskjold

Lionel Hampton

George Harrison

Nigel Hawthorne

Ted Heath

Hugh Hefner

Ernest Hemingway

David Hemmings

David Hockney

Lightnin' Hopkins

Trevor Howard

Glenda Jackson

Mick Jagger

Danny Kaye

Hetty King

Nikita Krushchev

R D Laing

V I Lenin

Dick Lester

Maureen Lipman

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Lee Marvin

Gustav Metzger


Piet Mondrian

Paul Robeson

Franklin D Roosevelt

Julius & Ethel Rosenberg

Bertrand Russell

Arthur Scargil

Pete Seeger

the Sex Pistols

Ravi Shankar

Bernard Shaw

David Shepperd

Dimitri Shostakovich

Vittorio de Sica

Frank Sinatra

Gertrude Stein

Sharon Tate

Alice B Toklas

Pete Townsend

Alexander Trocci

Mao Tse-Tung


Andrzej Wajda

Henry A Wallace

Andy Warhol

Malcolm X

Susannah York

Thistles, plants

country of origin: Greece

Footage of raised railway line disappearing under moving train

country of origin: United States

B/w 1920s jazz band playing, people dancing, playing drums, piano, trumpet, trombone

country of origin: United States

Removing railway lines

country of origin: China

Ship " London Independence" in port of Havana

country of origin: Cuba

Newsreel footage of Stokowski conducting

country of origin: former USSR

Excerpt from Andy Warhol's 'Flesh'

country of origin: United States


country of origin: United States

Old NY bus

country of origin: United States


country of origin: China

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