The British Documentary Movement

Wednesday, November 12, 2008, 6:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

Includes the following films:

  • Summer on the Farm

    1943. Great Britain. Directed by Ralph Keene. A propaganda film that reinforces Britain's agrarian spirit in a period of rapid urban growth and wartime hardship. 11 min.

  • The Silent Village

    1943. Great Britain. Directed by Humphrey Jennings. The great documentary filmmaker Jennings reenacts the Nazi obliteration of Lidice, a village of miners and resistance fighters in Czechoslovakia, in a Welsh mining village. 36 min.

  • Airport

    1934. Great Britain. Directed by Roy Lockwood. A typical—though novel at the time—day in London's bustling Croydon airport. Produced by the Shell Film Unit. 20 min.

  • Eastern Valley

    1937. Great Britain. Directed by Paul Rotha, Donald Alexander. Unemployed miners in South Wales create an experimental farming cooperative. 16 min.

A testament to Britain's social commitment and steely resolve both before and during the Second World War, the Documentary Movement used techniques of propaganda, poetry, and modernism to inspire a nation. Bryony Dixon, curator of the British Film Institute, London, has assembled this stirring selection of recently preserved films from the period.

In the Film exhibition To Save and Project: The Sixth MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation

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