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Humphrey Jennings

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British documentary filmmaker Humphrey Jennings is best known for brilliantly observing the effects of the Blitz on London. They were passionate, patriotic films that offered penetrating, and yet somehow poetic insights into the British people as they coped with the disastrous bombing. Though often dealing with violence, he imbued the haunting images with a sense of weird beauty. Jennings was born in Walberswick, Suffolk. While attending Cambridge, he was part of the prestigious intellectual journal Experiment. In 1934, he began working with the GPO unit as an actor, designer and editor. After working briefly for Shell and doing the color work as an associate director on The Birth of a Robot (1936), Jennings became a director back at GPO. Though he created nothing extraordinary, his films did display an unusual warmth and sensitivity. His three best-known documentaries are Listen to Britain (1941), Fires Were Started (1943) and A Diary for Timothy (1945). Jennings continued making films after the war, but they were not as powerful. He died in 1950 after falling off a cliff while scouting a film location in Greece.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Cumberland Story
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet London Can Take It!
  • Director
2010
No Score Yet Back the Attack
  • Director
2006
No Score Yet The Dim Little Island
  • Director
1949
No Score Yet A Diary for Timothy
  • Director
1945
No Score Yet The Silent Village
  • Director
1943
No Score Yet Fires Were Started
  • Director
1943
No Score Yet Listen to Britain
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1942
No Score Yet Words for Battle
  • Director
1941

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