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An ambiguous national iconography : Humphrey Jennings' Family Portrait

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posted on 2009-11-01, 00:00 authored by Keith Beattie
Family Portrait, made by Humphrey Jennings for the 1951 Festival of Britain, negotiates the complexity of national identity within and through a productively ambiguous iconography. Simultaneously, future political directions for the nation and speculation on the coming social condition of the ‘national family’ are offered in the film. Family Portrait, often overlooked in critical assessments of Jennings' film-making career which typically focus on his wartime films, emerges as a central work within the Jennings' canon, one which frames national identity within a particular moment within modernity in Britain.

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Journal

Studies in documentary film

Volume

3

Issue

2

Pagination

147 - 158

Publisher

Intellect Ltd.

Location

Bristol, England

ISSN

1750-3280

eISSN

1750-3299

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2009, Intellect Ltd

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