The Heart of Britain (1941)

  |  Documentary, Short



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25 June 2005 | parksie-1
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| Allied propaganda directed by the master of propaganda
Heart of Britain is a classic piece of British world war two wartime propaganda. Made in 1941 when Island Britain stood alone in the world, director Humphey Jennings came from a middle class up bringing but was fascinated by the working classes.Jennings was one of the founders of the British documentary film movement that used ordinary people on location instead of actors in the studio.Heart of Britain can be split into two separate narratives: The first part of the film uses spoken narrative from the people of Britain trying to carry on with there daily lives , working under the constant threat of bombing. The second part of the film uses sound as narrative(in the same way as Listen to Britain). The bomb damaged building of Coventry are juxtaposed with an audio landscape provided by the music of the Halle Orchestra (who were in exile in Britain from Nazi Germany).Jennings often used congregations singing in churches as audio narrative. The church is a place were people unit together. The Church also symbolises that a greater power- god was on our side! In most of Jennings work there is no real mention of the enemy. German propaganda show the German nation as arrogant superior beings. Jennings showed the British as being ordinary people! The intended audience of this work were the cinema-goers of Britain, ordinary people working on the home front. Another intended audience were the USA, Canada and the British Commonwealth countries who were concerned about the spread of fascism throughout the world.

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Genres

Documentary | Short

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Release Date:

February 1941

Language

English


Country of Origin

UK

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