A direct plea for help for Britain might have seemed logical for a film like Listen to Britain, but Jennings succeeded with a different approach. He wanted to communicate the qualities of Britain that made it worth helping: the dignity and culture of the great nation. By using an imaginative approach to this goal, Jennings fashioned a film that even today exemplifies the possibilities for sound and image. Jennings undertook in 1942 with Listen to Britain what Francis Ford Coppola would undertake in 1979 with
Apocalypse Now: the creation of an entire world (or at least the image of that world). In Jennings's case, it was a world worth saving; in Coppola's, it was not.
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