Humphrey Jennings was one of Britain's greatest documentary film-makers, described by Lindsay Anderson in 1954 as 'the only real poet the British cinema has yet produced'. A member of the GPO Film Unit and director of wartime canonical classics such as Listen to Britain (1942) and A Diary for Timothy (1945), he was also an acclaimed writer, painter, photographer and poet.
This seminal collection of critical essays, first published in 1982 and here reissued with a new introduction, traces Jennings's fascinating career in all its aspects with the aid of documents from the Jennings family archive. Situating Jennings's work in the world of his contemporaries, and illuminating the qualities by which his films are now recognised, Humphrey Jennings: Film-Maker, Painter, Poet explores the many insights and cultural contributions of this truly remarkable artist.
MARIE-LOUISE JENNINGS is a daughter of Humphrey Jennings, an historian of eighteenth and nineteenth century Ireland and a Fellow of Birkbeck College, University of London, UK.
Foreword to the 2nd Edition; Marie-Louise Jennings.- Foreword to the 1st Edition; Roland Penrose.- Chronology and Documents; Marie-Louise Jennings.- A Note on Images; Charles Madge.- Humphrey Jennings; Kathleen Raine.- Only Connect: Some Aspects of the Work of Humphrey Jennings; Lindsay Anderson.- More Than a Shadow: Humphrey Jennings and Stewart McAllister; Dai Vaughan.- Sketch for an Historical Portrait of Humphrey Jennings; David Alan Mellor.- Notes.- Filmography.- Bibliography.- Index.