What Got This Director Here?: Body of work in general.
My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Uh, I’ve seen plenty but liked none. Listen to Britain?
What Did I Watch: Fires Were Started, the last of his really acclaimed works.
Where Does He Fit: Humphrey Jennings’ films just have not aged well. The so-called poetry of his editing and documentary style that was used for shameless propaganda has approximately the same effect on me as the so-called revolutionary editing in Birth of a Nation, except this is legitimately honoring heroes rather than the KKK even if both films ultimately bore me. The actual firefighting scenes do contain a certain splendor, but ultimately, the lack of a sense of humanity means this isn’t very good propaganda. How are we supposed to care for these people? I suppose this might have meant more back in the days of the war, but he’s not for me.
Most Valuable Asset: Morale booster.
Most Excited For: Nothing, really.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: No. Overrated as hell.
Coming Up Next: Jean Rouch, a more experimental and angry documentarian.