Film ID:
YFA 3496

LISTEN TO BRITAIN

1942

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Description

Jennings' most celebrated film represents the pinnacle of his associative non-narrative methods of construction, using little commentary and only natural sounds to evoke a day in the life of Britain during the Blitz.

Images of factory work are juxtaposed with the dance hall - fighting men with women in machine shops. The Old Bailey has become an ambulance station, and tanks rumble past an English teashop in a picture postcard village. Through surreal association the film expresses the indivisibility and unity of Britain.

UK 1942 Dir Humphrey Jennings
20 mins (BFI catalogue entry)