I thought I'd like this more but, then again, had forgotten that I really don't much like my native country. Still, there is a reserved beauty in the transitions and I'm glad that the War produced more than bullish propaganda. Truthfully Brexit has completely soured me to the "Keep Calm and Carry On' myth of old England. You can't take the Empire Marketing Board out of the GPO.
A wonderful glimpse to wartime England and its ordinary people sans narration (skip the introduction, it's pointless and takes away from the mood of the piece), skillfully masked propaganda (everyone can construe the message how they want), and exploration of mind vs emotion or myth vs. reality. Still, I can't help thinking there would have been potential for a proper expanded full-length film.
Une importance exceptionnelle est donnée à la musique sous toute ses formes, permettant d'imprimer aux messages ainsi diffusés, une tonalité beaucoup moins martiale que les habituelles réalisations propagandistes, dont l'effet devrait être d'une efficacité décuplée, par son coté visuellement poétique et séduisant... www.cinefiches.com
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!
Stunning - every frame of every scene is meticulously presented with natural light used to the maximum. Snatches of conversations, brass bands, classical piano, and the sounds of aircraft and factories are mixed in to add a further dimension. Scenes of London and the english countryside with extremes of manufacturing and nature are equally superbly balanced. And there's even a celebrity appearance. Essential viewing.
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.
Did not like it at first found it depressing! But after watching it again I found it to be a masterpeice. You can see the misery of war on the English people despite them doing things to distract themselves from it! I have to say this in an amazing national treasure short film!
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.
Music goes on. Factory female workers singing. Military men dancing, playing, listening. A lunchtime concert. A big amused audience plays the choir at a supper club. Despite all, you feel the wartime gloom permeating everything, leaving an unmistakable mark on the weary faces trying to cheer up. Propaganda? If so, beautifully, gently and sensibly done.