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Keith Beattie

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719078552

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719078552.001.0001

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Documentary reconstruction and prognostication: Fires Were Started and The Silent Village

Documentary reconstruction and prognostication: Fires Were Started and The Silent Village

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(p.82) 4 Documentary reconstruction and prognostication: Fires Were Started and The Silent Village
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Humphrey Jennings
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Keith Beattie

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719078552.003.0019

Humphrey Jennings' films Fires Were Started and The Silent Village involve a different variety of experimentation in the form of dramatisation and re-enactment. Such practices were ingrained within the British documentary movement, though a heightened degree of dramatisation, especially in Fires Were Started, raised issues of authenticity. This chapter discusses the strategies Jennings adopted in his films Fires Were Started and The Silent Village. Critics argue that Jennings has gone all arty in Fires Were Started by including snippets of Raleigh and Shakespeare within a speech by one of the characters. What the arty criticism of Jennings' inclusion of poetry ignores is that a person quoting poetry or literature may in itself be authentic. For Jennings, whose understanding of national character and personal experience were informed by the words of Milton, Shakespeare, Blake and other prominent poets and writers, the literary extracts were natural components of everyday life.

Keywords:   Fires Were Started, Silent Village, dramatisation, Raleigh, Shakespeare

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