The British Documentary Movement
Thursday, November 13, 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.
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.
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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