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The Eighty Days (1944)

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Another great documentary short by Humphrey Jennings
2 June 2006 | by (Camden Town, London, England) – See all my reviews

This 14-minute short film by Humphrey Jennings has a commentary by the famous American war reporter and broadcaster Ed Murrow.

The film is a retrospective account of the V-1 blitz (the 'doodlebug') on London and the south-east of England during 1944 and 1945. These pilot-less bombs were fired from France and the film follows anti-aircraft gun crews on the south coast, onlookers and fighter planes, as Britain tries to deal with the incoming menace.

Some are shot down (hurray!) and we follow one that makes it to London. The engine stops and the bomb falls to ground; we then see the aftermath and the work of those involved trying to recover survivors and the dead.

An interesting short film about one of the most frightening weapons of the war. The film makes uses of music and natural sound as well as commentary. It was shown as part of a Humphrey Jennings' season at the Imperial War Museum in London in May/June 2006.

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