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 »
Another great documentary short by Humphrey Jennings
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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