The Heart Of Britain

Humphrey Jennings


Commento: Jack Holmes; F.: Henry Fowle; M.: Stewart Mcallister; Mu.: Ludwig Van Beethoven, Georg Friedrich Händel, Eseguita Dalla Huddersfield Choral Society E Dalla Hallé Orchestra Diretta Da Sir Malcolm Sargent; Su.: Ken Cameron; Int.: George Good (Operaio Siderurgico), Mrs Patterson (Lavoratrice Del Women’s Volunteer Service A Coventry); Prod.: Ian Dalrymple, Per Crown Film Unit/ Ministry Of Information; 35mm. D.: 9’ A 24 F/S. Bn.

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

Immediately following the Blitz film in October 1940, Jennings travelled outside London to document the war’s effect on the middle and north of England; the film was released the following February. Coventry and other provincial cities have been hammered by bombs, the film tells us, but Hitler cannot destroy the country’s community spirit and the restorative powers of a cup of tea. At the end, bombers bent on revenge set off for Germany to the sound of Händel’s Hallelujah Chorus: an unusually belligerent war statement from Jennings, but a typical example of the film’s powerful counterpoint of images, music, and words.

Geoff Brown

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