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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

Certificate:

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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Featured in Britain Through a Lens - The Documentary Film Mob (2011) See more »

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Home On The Range
Written by Brewster M. Higley (uncredited)
[Sung by Canadian troops at 6 minutes]
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Clever?
3 July 2013 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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.

The title is literal -- the director is asking us to "listen" to "Britain". Not necessarily its people, and not the narration of someone telling us how to feel. Just the sound of the radio, the airplane, and anything else going on in daily life during the war. They even dance to "Roll Out the Barrel", though in some weird circular slow dance style rather than the polka version I know and love.

This is probably considered Humphrey Jennings' masterpiece. That may be a fair assessment.


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