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Listen to Britain and Other Films by Humphrey Jennings
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Humphrey Jennings was one of the greatest figures in the celebrated British documentary film movement, and he is most remembered for the way his work reflects the concerns and conditions of World War II-time in the United Kingdom. He is undoubtedly of great historical importance, but the ultimate justification for the present gathering of work is that Jennings was a wonderful filmmaker who made uniquely beautiful films. Contained within this one man was a seemingly impossible array of artistic abilities. He had a poets command of film language, a painters eye for evocative imagery and composition, a musicians ear for rhythm and tone and counterpoint, a Soviets sense of juxtaposition, a journalists nose for the concrete and the factual, and a compassionate mans love for the people he portrayed. It may seem paradoxical that an artist of such positively romantic parts should have labored almost exclusively in the documentary realm, with all that it implies of subordination to subject and sponsor. But Jennings particular talents emerged at a time of very particular need, and that seeming subordination to a cause is in fact the key to the continuing resonance of his work. In the incongruous coupling of the Cambridge aesthete and the British propaganda machine, both parties turned out to be anxious to compromise for the sake of the union. In these pictures, Jennings impressive aesthetic arsenal helped to expand the scope and the vocabulary of documentary. In turn, the documentary idea, especially in time of war, served to focus and direct his aesthetic impulses to public ends. The result was a short, shining, perfect marriage. FILMS INCLUDED IN COLLECTION: London Can Take It! (1940 - 9 Minutes) Directed by Harry Watt and Humphrey Jennings Words For Battle (1941 - 8 Minutes) Compiled and Directed by Humphrey Jennings Spoken by Laurence Olivier Listen To Britain (1942 - 18 Minutes) Written, Edited, and Directed by Humphrey Jennings and Stewart McAllister Fires Were Started (1943 - 70 Minutes) Alternate Title: I Was a Fireman Written and Directed by Humphrey Jennings A Diary For Timothy (1943 - 39 Minutes) Directed by Humphrey Jennings Family Portrait (1951 - 26 Minutes) Written and Directed by Humphrey Jennings Bonus Film: Myra Hess Playing the First Movement of Beethovens Sonata in F Minor No. 57 (Apassionata) (1945 - 9 Minutes) Directed by Humphrey Jennings Please note that the sound of these films is of less than normal quality by todays standards. However, we used the best material available from the British licensors and are proud to offer them for their historical and artistic value. Format: NTSC Produced for DVD by David Shepard From the Blackhawk Films Collection Presented by Flicker Alley

Title: Listen to Britain and Other Films by Humphrey Jennings
Genre: Special Interest-Documentary
Starring: Chesney Allen, Bud Flanagan
Director: Humphrey Jennings
Studio: Flicker Alley
Attributes: Manufactured on Demand, NTSC Format
Release Date: 3/14/2017
Product Type: DVD
Rated: NR
UPC: 889290091987
Item #: 1796948X

Street Date: 3/14/2017
Original Language: ENG
Run Time: 179 minutes

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