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5 Ratings

English Harvest

Directed by Humphrey Jennings
United Kingdom, 1938
Documentary, Short


The harvest of a pre-war British farm.

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English Harvest Directed by Humphrey Jennings

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  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film English Harvest

    The wheel ceaselessly turns... the technical advances of yesterday now the antiquity of today. A straightforward piece: sure handed and well rounded. Probably the type of thing Jennings would have gone on making had events not taken a dark turn and presented the greatest opportunity - that alone affords a layer of wistful additional meaning to the slightly bucolic English pastoral behind this particular tutorial.

  • Adam Whybray's rating of the film English Harvest

    2.6 stars. Now we have the Internet and the 1970s having happened, you can watch this short documentary not with Beethoven's 'Pastoral Symphony' playing, but Jethro's Tull far more fitting 'Heavy Horses' album! This is a workmanlike documentary about working men, though not without its moments of poetic charm. No threshing machine accidents here, just honest toil under a clear blue sky and sun.

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