Words for Battle (For Us the Living)

by Jennings, Humphrey

Film: 35mm 1941

other: see notes

Extracts from poems and speeches read over scenes of Britain in wartime. Geoffrey Nowell Smith points out the means by which Words for Battle differentiates itself from the realism of the British wartime documentary which is embodied in the 'realist' commentary: "Words for Battle does indeed have an off screen voice, but the words spoken are all quotations from literary texts and speeches. here conventional roles are reversed since it is now the image which 'comments' on the text, amplifying its meaning. The relationship between image and text is at the outset little more than mutually illustrative, but as the film progresses it becomes more dynamic". Nowell Smith, 'Humphrey Jennings: Surrealist Observer'.

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Funder: Crown Fim Unit


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