Humphrey Jennings's And Stewart Mcallister

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Humphrey Jennings’s and Stewart McAllister’s Listen to Britain is a short British propaganda documentary. Within the twenty-minute film, it presented characteristics that fit the expository, observational, and poetic style of documentary. At the beginning of the film, there is a narrator that directly addresses the audience. This forward narration is one of the key characteristics of an expository documentary. Narration appears again later in the film in the form of a montage of radio news clips. The documentary is also an observational one as in most scenes the camera served as a fly on the wall that allowed the audience to feel as if they were physically in the scenes. At the beginning, these shots were presented in an order that were used to help the narrative. The audience sees a woman place a candle …show more content…

The documentary is both observational and reflexive. Most of the time during the film, the audience feels as if they are part of the action. During the concerts, they see the band from multiple angles including being on the stage with them as well as being in the audience. However, during the performance of “Satisfaction” the drummer, Charlie Watts, looks directly into the camera for an extended period of time which is startling to the audience. The film is reflexive as the audience is aware of the filmmaking process. The film cuts between actual documentary clips and the band watching the clips that the audience just viewed. At one point when watching the footage of a man with a gun and a Hells Angel with a knife, Mick Jagger asks, “Can you roll back, David?” He is talking directly to one of the directors, David Maysles. The audience is also able to see camera men in the audience and on stage with large cameras that stand out, making them aware that footage is being filmed for the

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