This brief documentary-style film presents the status of Great Britain near the end of the Second World War by means of a visual diary for a baby boy born in September, 1944. Narration ... See full summary »
In preparation for the celebration of the 1951 Festival of Britain, this short film was released to assure British citizens of their nation's place in the world and of their own places ... See full summary »
This was one of the last films made by Humphrey Jennings for the Crown Film Unit before his untimely death.It is a rather curious film.One has to bear in mind that all films made under the aegis of the Crown Film Unit during World War 2 had a propaganda message.However this is far from easy to discern from this film.The only conclusion that i have come to is that it is to try and to explain why a song popularised by the Afika Corps should also have been adopted by the Eigth Army.In doing this it provides a set of lyrics which do not bear much comparison to the original.Its running time is an odd 29minutes so i would guess that it would have been difficult to fit into a standard cinema programme where the size of most shorts was 2 reels.In USA it was cut down to 21 minutes.All told one of the least satisfying films from Humphrey Jennings.
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