Humphrey Jennings

Humphrey Jennings

Walberswick, Suffolk Coastal District, Suffolk, England
Death 24 Sep 1950 (aged 43)
Poros, Regional unit of Piraeus, Attica, Greece
Burial Athens, Regional unit of Athens, Attica, Greece
Memorial ID 7471220 · View Source
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British Film Director. He was born in Walberswick, in Suffolk, on the East coast of England. His father was an architect, his mother was a painter. He was educated at the Perse School in Cambridge and at Pembroke College in the University there, where he obtained a starred First in English. In 1929, he married Cicely Cooper and began (but did not complete) post-graduate studies on the poet Thomas Gray. In 1936, he helped to organize the First International Surrealist Exhibition in London, which featured the work of Dali and Ernst. During the War, he directed a number of outstanding documentary films, the best-known of which are "Listen to Britain", "Fires Were Started", and "A Diary for Timothy", the latter of which was written by E.M. Forster and narrated by Sir Michael Redgrave. These have just been anthologised on a D.V.D. Humphrey Jennings met his end in 1950, when he slipped off a cliff on the Greek island of Poros, about thirty-five miles South of Athens, whilst scouting for locations for his next film, "The Changing Face of Europe." Perhaps ironically, this was to have been concerned with health care on the Continent. In order to find Humphrey Jennings's tombstone, follow the instructions for T.H. White. Jennings's memorial is on the opposite side of the main path, towards the South of the Protestant Cemetery. The epitaph, "Death is the veil that those who live call life. They sleep and it is lifted," is taken from "Prometheus Unbound", by P.B. Shelley.

Bio by: Iain MacFarlaine


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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Humphrey Jennings (19 Aug 1907–24 Sep 1950), Find a Grave Memorial no. 7471220, citing Athens First Cemetery, Athens, Regional unit of Athens, Attica, Greece ; Maintained by Find A Grave .