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Author Beattie, Keith, 1954-

Title Humphrey Jennings / Keith Beattie
Published Manchester, UK : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed in the USA by Palgrave Macmillan, 2010


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 ADPML SPDU  791.43023092 Bea/Hje  LIB USE ONLY
 MELB  791.43023092 Jennin Bea/Hje  AVAILABLE
Description xii, 171 pages ; 23 cm
Series British film makers
British film makers.
Contents Modernity, myth, colour and collage : the early films -- Work and leisure : Spare time -- Sound, image and nation : Words for battle and Listen to Britain -- Documentary reconstruction and prognostication : Fires were started and The silent village -- "What will befall Britain?" : A diary for Timothy -- An ambiguous national iconography : Family portrait -- Legacies
Summary Humphrey Jennings has been described as the only real poet of British cinema. His documentary films employ a range of representational approaches - including collagist narrative structures and dramatic re-enactment - in ways that transcend accepted notions of wartime propaganda and revise the strict codes of British documentary file of the 1930's and 1940's. The resultant body of work is a remarkable record of Britain at peace and war. --
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. --Book Jacket
This detailed and informed study examines a productive ambiguity of meanings associated with the subtle interaction of images and sounds within Jenings' films, and considers the ideological and institutional contexts and forces which impacted on the formal structure of his films. Central and lesser-known films are analysed, including Spare Time, Words for Battle, Listen to Britain, Fires Were Started, The Silent Village, A diary for Timothy and Family Portrait. --
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [154]-165) and index
Subject Jennings, Humphrey -- Criticism and interpretation.
LC no. 2010525102
ISBN 0719078555 (hbk.)
9780719078552 (hbk.)