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Humphrey Jennings

Keith Beattie


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 film of the 1930s and 1940s. The resultant body of work is a remarkable record of Britain at peace and war. This study examines a productive ambiguity of meanings associated with the subtle interaction of images and sounds within Jennings' films, and considers the ideol ... More

Keywords: Humphrey Jennings, British cinema, documentary films, collagist narrative structures, dramatic re-enactment, wartime propaganda, Spare Time, Words for Battle, Listen to Britain, Fires Were Started

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780719078552
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719078552.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keith Beattie, author