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Listen to Britain (1942)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Short | February 1942 (UK)
A depiction of life in wartime England during the Second World War. Director Humphrey Jennings visits many aspects of civilian life and of the turmoil and privation caused by the war, all without narration.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leonard Brockington Leonard Brockington ... Himself: Forward by (as Leonard Brockington K.C.)
Joseph Macleod Joseph Macleod ... Himself - BBC Newsreader (voice)
Bud Flanagan Bud Flanagan ... Himself - Flanagan & Allen
Chesney Allen Chesney Allen ... Himself - Flanagan & Allen
Myra Hess Myra Hess ... Herself - Pianist
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A depiction of life in wartime England during the Second World War. Director Humphrey Jennings visits many aspects of civilian life and of the turmoil and privation caused by the war, all without narration.

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Documentary | Short

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

February 1942 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Englannin sävel See more »

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Crown Film Unit See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Round the Back of the Arches
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Performed by Bud Flanagan and Chesney Allen
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Sound as narrative.
3 February 2002 | by shrbwSee all my reviews

Jennings makes an interesting experiment. He films a number of scenes representative of wartime Britain, but does not include a spoken commentary or an anonymous musical backing.

Instead, the sound alone (often amplified and remixed)conveys mood, emphasis, and narrative climax.

A recital given by Dame Myra Hess in the National Gallery provides the background of a stirring climax.


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