Finest Hour: Short Films by Humphrey Jennings, screening today the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, pulls together many strands of Jenningss complex character. Words for Battle (1941) consists of eight minutes of footage of wartime Britain, from unsoiled countryside to blitzkrieged cities, set to a poetry reading by actor Laurence Olivier. Listen to Britain (1942) is in the same vein as Words for Battle, sprawling across England, but this time using more scenes of a thriving metropolis and a lush classical score. And 1943s The Silent Village utilizes the scenery and nonprofessional actors of a Welsh mining town to re-create the Nazi bombardment of a Czech village. Come see the work of the most convoluted Brit outside the Royal Family today at 7 p.m. 1001 Bissonnet. For tickets and information, call 713-639-7515 or visit www.mfah.org/films. $6 to $7.
Sun., May 18, 7 p.m., 2008