An ambiguous national iconography : Humphrey Jennings' Family Portrait

Beattie, Keith 2009, An ambiguous national iconography : Humphrey Jennings' Family Portrait, Studies in documentary film, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 147-158, doi: 10.1386/sdf.3.2.147/1.

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Title An ambiguous national iconography : Humphrey Jennings' Family Portrait
Formatted title An ambiguous national iconography : Humphrey Jennings' Family Portrait
Author(s) Beattie, Keith
Journal name Studies in documentary film
Volume number 3
Issue number 2
Start page 147
End page 158
Total pages 12
Publisher Intellect Ltd.
Place of publication Bristol, England
Publication date 2009-11
ISSN 1750-3280
Keyword(s) Humphrey Jennings
Family Portrait
Stewart McAllister
Wessex Films
Festival of Britain
National Identity
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1386/sdf.3.2.147/1
Field of Research 190201 Cinema Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950205 Visual Communication
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Intellect Ltd
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