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InformationrnrnHumphrey Jennings\'s name may be unknown to the general audience today, but he is a fascinating figure in the history of cinema. Not everyone would agree with director Lindsay Anderson\'s assessment that Jennings was \'the only real poet that British cinema has yet produced\'. However, few dispute his importance in the development of the documentary form.rnrnJennings\' films are so much a part of the British wartime cinema scene that they cannot be ignored; besides which, they remain the finest cinematic achievements of the World War II period in Britain. Many of the scenes in his masterwork, Fires Were Started (1943), about the horrendous work of London\'s wartime firemen, are amazing, mouth-opening, agonizing pieces of montage. The sweat, the grime, the burns, the blood, are all horrifyingly real. A horse gallops through the smoke and away from the flames; a fireman dangles from his lifeline after falling from a blazing building. Beams crackle, crack and crash, the heat and the danger blaze intensely from the screen. Above all, the film inspires a feeling of patriotism, as did all Jennings\' wartime work.rnrnPoet and painter, Jennings was a master of placing scenes together in a pattern which would have the maximum emotional impact on his audience. The images have worn better than the sounds; the dialogue in these films sometimes seems portentous, even too facile, although it did not appear so at the time. A brilliant scholar, writer and critic, Jennings had joined the famous GPO documentary unit in 1934 as a designer and editor. It was not long before he was making his own very individual short documentary films. After contributing some work on Coal Face (1935), he stepped out on his own with Locomotives (1934), some parts of which anticipate the more famous Night Mail (1936). But the war truly brought out the inspiration in Jennings. Sometimes, as in S.S. Ionian, his images were misplaced, but the pure visual poetry of such films as London Can Take It (1940), Words for Battle (1941), Listen to Britain (1942) and A Diary for Timothy (1945) struck chords in the hearts and minds of the British people that no other film-maker could find. Jennings\' films were just as skilled, though slightly less interesting - after all, who could match wartime fervour? - in the post-war years. Jennings fell to his death from a Greek cliff in 1950 while scouting locations for his next film.rnrnNOTE: Documentary or Propaganda? There is no doubt that these films were made as PROPAGANDA pieces to boost morale during WWII and the post-war period. I present them to you for their historical value..rnrnPart 5: A Diary for Timothyrnrn1945 39 minutes 481mbrnrnScripted by E M Forster, the film pictures Britain in the final year of the war, as lived by four representative characters: an engine driver, a farmer, a miner and an injured fighter pilot. Rather than revolving around these characters, the film deploys an associative montage of multifarious images and sounds, ranging freely over the life of the nation, continually connecting macrocosm to microcosm. A concert pianist plays Beethoven at the National Gallery, bombs fall over Germany and Timothy, the baby to whom the story is addressed, yawns in his cot. This is perhaps Jennings\' finest film, and one still acclaimed by contemporary documentarists.rnrnTechnical SpecsrnVideo Codec: XviDrnVideo Bitrate: 1504-1643 kbpsrnVideo Resolution: 624x464rnVideo Aspect Ratio: 1.345:1rnAudio Codec: MP3rnAudio BitRate: 128 kbpsrnAudio Streams: 1rnAudio Languages: EnglishrnRunTime Per Part: See film detailsrnNumber Of Parts: 6rnPart Size: See film detailsrnSubtitles: NOrnRipped by: DentjernrnRelease NotesrnQuote from the DVD case: "Please note that the sound on these films is of less than normal quality by today\'s standards. However, we used the best materials available from the British licensors and are proud to offer them for their historical and artistic vales."rnrnLOOK OUT FOR ALL SIX PARTSrn1. LONDON CAN TAKE IT - HERErn2. WORDS FOR BATTLE - HERErn3. LISTEN TO BRITAIN - HERErn4. FIRES WERE STARTED - HERErn5. THIS ONErn6. FAMILY PORTRAIT