Saturday, 3 August 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 229: Sat Aug 17

A Diary for Timothy (Jennings, 1945): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 8.40pm

This film, part of The Art of the Essay Film season, is screening in a double-bill with Handsworth Songs. Details here.

Here is the BFI Southbank introduction: Text by EM Forster, images by Humphrey Jennings: this classic of British cinema reflects on life in the immediate aftermath of WWII, adopting as its focus the eponymous young boy, born on the fifth anniversary of the start of the war, who represents hope for the future for a nation still coming to terms with death and destruction on a massive scale. As ever with Jennings, the fluid interplay of images, sounds and narration bespeaks a consummate cinematic intelligence.

Here is A Diary for Timothy on Youtube

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