FIRES WERE STARTED

FIRES WERE STARTED

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Humphrey Jennings (1907-50) was perhaps the most gifted filmmakers of the British documentary movement. Involved in the Mass Observation project of the 1930s, Jennings' talent lay in picturing ordinary life in ways that were inventive yet authentic. Fires Were Started (1943) was his major achievement. A film about a day's work for a unit of the National Fire Service at the height of the blitz, it blends observation with fictional reconstruction to achieve a particularly poignant kind of propaganda.
U
80 minutes
1942
Documentary
United Kingdom
English
None
BFI

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