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Films By Humphrey Jennings

Design For Spring (Humphrey Jennings, 1938)
... ... Famous dress designer Norman Hartnell, his 1938 studio and the working world of cut­ters and seamstresses, is the focus of this early Jennings work. it is one in which he uses a colour pr… Read more

Diary for Timothy (Humphrey Jennings, 1945)
... ... A fitting conclusion to Jennings' war record, this film of old death and new life-a war ending and rebirth-takes the form of a story addressed to a new-born child, recounting the sacrifices a… Read more

Dim Little Island (Humphrey Jennings, 1949)
The post-war world seemed to have little time or space for Jennings' films. By the end of the turbulent forties, the mood of Britain was changing profoundly, and his cinematic songs of unity and iden… Read more

English Harvest (Humphrey Jennings, 1939)
... ... 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, Constab… Read more

FIRES WERE STARTED (Humphrey Jennings, 1943)
... ... Jennings' first dramatised feature concerns the events of one afternoon and night during the blitz of London in 1943. It concentrates on a small team of the Auxiliary Fire Service and makes n… Read more

Listen to Britain (Humphrey Jennings, 1942)
... ... One of the most brilliant syntheses of Jen­nings' and collaborator Stewart McAllister's talents. Eschewing commentary and dialogue (with the exception of a brief introduction added after … Read more

London Can Take It (Humphrey Jennings, 1940)
... ... Jennings' great wartime work really began with London Can Take It. Along with Watt he made this, the first of the home-front war films to make its mark. A one-reeler shot in haste, the film w… Read more

Spare Time (Humphrey Jennings, 1939)
... ... With little natural sound-the soundtrack consists largely of music from onscreen sources-and sparse commentary, the film shows how people spent their non-working hours. Overflowing with songs… Read more

The Silent Village (Humphrey Jennings, 1943)
... ... The grimmest in tone of all Jennings' work and essentially a fiction film, The Silent Village is both a memorial and message. ... ... ... The Nazis destruction of the Czechoslovakian mining v… Read more

This Is England (Humphrey Jennings, 1941)
This often underrated work is the prototypical Jennings' war film yet its powerful overlay of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony on shots of Coventry Cathedral's wreckage and its climactic defiant battle cry… Read more

Words for Battle (Humphrey Jennings, 1941)
Eight minutes of movie magic. We see con­temporary (1941) footage while we hear Lau­rence Olivier recite an idiosyncratic selection of English literature and the Gettysburg Address to the mus… Read more

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