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Humphrey Jennings

By Keith Beattie

Humphrey Jennings

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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7855-2
  • Pages: 192
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: April 2010
  • BIC Category: PERFORMING ARTS / Individual Director, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Direction & Production, Film and Media, Individual film directors, film-makers, Film scripts & screenplays, Film history, theory & criticism, The arts / Individual film directors, film-makers, The arts / Film scripts & screenplays
  • Series: British Film-Makers

Description

Humphrey Jennings has been described as the only real poet that British cinema has produced. His documentary films are remarkable records of Britain at peace and war, and his range of representational approaches transcended accepted notions of wartime propaganda and revised the strict codes of British documentary film of the 1930s and 1940s.

Poet, propagandist, surrealist and documentary filmmaker - Jennings' work embodies an outstanding mix of startling apprehension, personal expression and representational innovation. This book carefully examines and expertly explains the central components of Jennings' most significant films, and considers the relevance of his filmmaking to British cinema and contemporary experience.

Films analysed include Spare Time, Words for Battle, Listen to Britain, Fires Were Started, The Silent Village, A Diary for Timothy and Family Portrait.

Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. Modernity, myth, colour and collage: the early films
2. Work and leisure: *Spare Time*
3. Sound, image, and nation: *Words for Battle* and *Listen to Britain*
4. Documentary reconstruction and prognostication: *Fires Were Started* and *The Silent Village*
5. 'What will befall Britain?: *A Diary for Timothy*
6. An ambiguous national iconography: *Family Portrait*
7. Legacies
Afterword
Filmography
References
Index

Author

Keith Beattie is a member of the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University, Melbourne

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