A depiction of life in wartime England during the Second World War. Director Humphrey Jennings visits many aspects of civilian life and of the turmoil and privation caused by the war, all without narration.
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Very interesting and experimental wartime documentary, primarily working with light, shadow, movement and sound. Starting with scenes from agriculture, it confronts us with different aspects of work and society up to the high culture activities (concert and museum) and - of course - the wartime production of weapons.
BRITISH PROPAGANDA. En ce jour de Brexit saluons le courage des Britanniques qui choisissent d'être chez eux, entre eux & libres, plutôt qu'assujettis aux bureaucrates des 27. Ah, être avec eux & se retrousser les manches! = In these Brexit day, hail the courage of the Brits who choose to remain together & free, rather than under the 27 bureaucracy. I'd love to be with them & roll up the sleeves!
A doughty little piece of propaganda that despite the intent manages to convey something of what was (perhaps erroneously) being fought for, and in hindsight what was lost anyway. Perhaps we didn't listen carefully enough..
Time and the flow of history have added extra layers of meaning to Jennings' documentaries, rendering them almost an avant-garde film in their execution and their at times blithe nonchalance at the suffering of Londoners. An interesting counterpoint to the St Petersburg portrayed in Loznitsa's Blockade. A quietly brilliant film.
Mid-40s British propaganda documentary that offers a vision of what was being fought for, and a vision of people working diligently towards that end. Generally, and in some specific images, the picture seems to be a bit of a predecessor to Powell and Pressburger's A Canterbury Tale.
High-quality propaganda. Jennings shows a community and give a feeling of urgency, mixing images of joy, dance, children playing, with those of frightening machines, radio calls and very low flying military planes. War is coming, rater soon than later. And you know it, without voice over, because the images speak for themselves.
Really loved this. So cleverly conveys an entire panorama of the country in such a short space of time, using music and nature to contrast with war and industry. Of course it's propaganda: it's supposed to be, but it's lasted over the years remarkably well. I was born 20 after the war ended but it reminded me very poignantly of things that still survived then, like the children's games. I wish it was longer.