Features three films from the man described by Lindsay Anderson as 'the only true poet of the English Cinema'. The feature-length 'I Was a Fireman', the story of 24 hours in the life of a fire crew during the Blitz, is an innovative work that should be as iconic to British cinema as Vigo's 'L'Atalante' is to French. In Listen to Britain, Jennings collects and edits the sounds and sights of wartime Britain into an extraordinarily moving and effective collage. Diary for Timothy is a film that is relevant for every generation and bears repeated viewings. The latter two films are struck from newly made BFI prints. Also included is the 50 minute bonus film, Kevin MacDonald's 'Humphrey Jennings: The Man Who Listened to Britain'.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Booklet, Documentary, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: I Was a Fireman (1943) Fires Were Started (1943) is a British film written and directed by Humphrey Jennings, filmed in documentary style showing the lives of firefighters through the Blitz in World War II. The film uses actual firefighters (including Cyril Demarne) rather than professional actors. The film was also released under the title I Was a Fireman. A Diary for Timothy (1945) British documentary film directed by Humphrey Jennings. It was produced by Basil Wright for the Crown Film Unit. The narration was written by the British author E. M. Forster (spoken by Michael Redgrave) and is account of the progress of the war during the first six months of the life of a baby named Timothy. The recoveries of a pilot with a broken leg and a miner with a broken arm are also featured. Listen to Britain (1942) The film was produced during World War II by the Crown Film Unit, an organisation within the British Government's Ministry of Information to support the Allied war effort. The film was nominated for the inaugural Academy Award for Documentary Feature in 1942, but lost against four other allied propaganda films. The film depicts a day in the life of Britain during the blitz, and is noted for its nonlinear structure and its use of sound. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Oscar Academy Awards, ...Humphrey Jennings Collection - 3 Films ( I Was a Fireman (Fires Were Started) / A Diary for Timothy / Listen to Britain )