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Humphrey Jennings: The Man Who Listened to Britain (2000)



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Credited cast:
James Purefoy ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Attenborough ... Himself (as Lord Attenborough)
Ken Cameron Ken Cameron ... Himself
Francis Cockburn Francis Cockburn ... Herself (as Frances Cockburn)
Cyril Demarne Cyril Demarne ... Himself
Les Evans Les Evans ... Himself
Denis Forman Denis Forman ... Himself (as Sir Denis Forman)
Christopher Frayling Christopher Frayling ... Himself
Fred Griffiths Fred Griffiths ... Himself (archive footage)
Kevin Jackson Kevin Jackson ... Himself
Humphrey Jennings ... Himself (archive footage)
Mary-Lou Jennings Mary-Lou Jennings ... Herself
Stuart Legg Stuart Legg ... Himself (archive footage)
Mike Leigh ... Himself
Michel Remy Michel Remy ... Himself


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24 December 2000 (UK) See more »

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Humphrey Jennings as "the poet laureate of Britain at war."
14 March 2013 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

Respectable, appreciative TV documentary study of Humphrey Jennings, who they call (ominously) "the only poet of British Cinema," determined to relate him to the high art tradition.

Traces his work through dabbling with surrealist painting, the GPO Film Unit turning into the Crown Film Unit ("I'm only slumming it. I'm not really a film maker. I'm interested in art.) He finds himself involved in World War Two morale boosters "London Can take It" and "Listen to Britain", the (pre "It Happened Here") "Forgotten Village" with a British village doubling for Lidice, the destroyed Czech community, "Heart of Britain", "Diary for Timothy" A post war plan to film "Far From the Madding Crowd" doesn't work out. "People respected him but they preferred not to know him."

The film fields old associates and observers like Mike Leigh or Jacob Bronowski, spacing clips with interviews.

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