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This chapter sheds light on the life and work of Humphrey Jennings, a filmmaker of extraordinary talent and one of the very few authentic exponents of cinematic language in the British cinema. Jennings is one of the most remarkable imaginative intelligences of his generation, who gained his sense of the visual from his painting and from his poet's understanding of the power of language. His outstanding talents as a documentary filmmaker were initially developed within the General Post Office (GPO) Film Unit, and subsequently within its successor, the wartime Crown Film Unit. In 1950, the year of his untimely death at the age of forty-three, Jennings was working for the independent film company Wessex Films. He fell to his death from a cliff on the Greek island of Poros while scouting for locations for a film to be included in a series called The Changing Face of Europe (1951).

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