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English Harvest

UK, 1939 (MIFF 1995, Buried Treasures - Humphrey Jennings)

Director: Humphrey Jennings

Shining with the soft hues of early colour and with Jennings evident love of the English landscape, each shot's composition reflects the classical balance and harmony of the romantic, Constable-like view of the land he celebrated throughout his life.

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