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Family Portrait (1950)

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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 »

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Humphrey Jennings
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Michael Goodliffe ... Narrator (voice)
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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 within that nation. Illustrative scenes of farming, science, political, and social life are juxtaposed to present a familiar and reassuring image of Britain. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Narrator: In the end, most of the family faces look back to Scandinavia, Germany, France. Our ideas and faith have their roots in Italy, Greece, Israel. We have just had the knack of putting prose and poetry together. And now, we also belong to a communion across the Atlantic and the South Seas. We are too small, too crowded to stand alone. We have to come both inside the family of Europe and the pattern overseas. We are the link between them.
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Britain in 1950
3 July 2013 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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 within that nation. Illustrative scenes of farming, science, political, and social life are juxtaposed to present a familiar and reassuring image of Britain.

This documentary paints an interesting picture of Britain as a nation in transition. The narrator points out the rich history of science and culture in the country (Shakespeare, Blake, Kipling, and many others) and then tries to show where the nation is today -- who will be the next great genius? Instead, England / Britain has reason to be proud.

So do other countries (Germany, Italy), but not all countries are quite this great. England, overall, may have the best history of cultural achievements and financial success. America, which has surpassed it financially, has no culture. China, which will likely overtake America in finance, shifts the balance -- they might have the deepest culture of all.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

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A Film on the Theme of the Festival of Britain 1951 See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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