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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 ... Himself: Forward by (as Leonard Brockington K.C.)
Joseph Macleod ... Himself - BBC Newsreader (voice)
Bud Flanagan ... Himself - Flanagan & Allen
Chesney Allen ... Himself - Flanagan & Allen
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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Englannin sävel  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Featured in Listen to Britain 2017: Introduction (2017) 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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Sound as narrative.

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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