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A Diary for Timothy

A Diary for Timothy
Movie: A Diary for Timothy(1946)[tt0139153] This brief documentary-style film presents the status of Great Britain near the end of the Second World War by means of a visual diary for a baby boy born in September, 1944. Narration explains to "Timothy" what his family, his neighbors, and his fellow citizens are going through as the war nears its end, and what problems may remain for new Englishmen like Timothy to solve. Written byJim Beaver <>
Title A Diary for Timothy
Release Date 20 November 1946 (USA)
Genres Short, Documentary
Production Companies Crown Film Unit
Michael Redgrave
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John Gielgud
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shrbw on 3 February 2002
'Diary for Timothy' is that most precious thing - a snapshot in time of ordinary people, their hopes and aspirations. It is considered by many to be Jennings's masterpiece.The film is constructed around the first year of life for a baby, born in the closing stages of the war. There are two radical elements that distinguish this from his previous films. Firstly, the very literate narrative, written by E.M. Forster, no less! Secondly, the characters who appear are allowed to speak for themselves, almost in the form of soliloquy. Here are the voices of Britain, and one is reminded of Chesterton's poem in that they 'have not spoken yet'.The mood of the film is very subtle. Although not strident, it and the characters in it argues the necessity for a better world and a fairer society (anticipating the Labour landslide).What is really poignant is the realisation that many of these hopes have not been realised.

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