British Historical Cinema

Author: Claire Monk,Amy Sargeant

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136366490

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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Films recreating or addressing 'the past' - recent or distant, actual or imagined - have been a mainstay of British cinema since the silent era. From Elizabeth to Carry On Up The Khyber, and from the heritage-film debate to issues of authenticity and questions of genre, British Historical Cinema explores the ways in which British films have represented the past on screen, the issues they raise and the debates they have provoked. Discussing films from biopics to literary adaptations, and from depictions of Britain's colonial past to the re-imagining of recent decades in retro films such as Velvet Goldmine, a range of contributors ask whose history is being represented, from whose perspective, and why.

British Popular Films 1929-1939

The Cinema of Reassurance

Author: Stephen Shafer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134988370

Category: History

Page: 288

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Shafer's study challenges the conventional historical assumption that British feature films during the Thirties were mostly oriented to the middle-class. Instead, he makes the critical distinction between films intended for West End and international circulation and those intended primarily for domestic, working-class audiences. Far from being alientated by a 'middle-class institution', working men and women flocked to see pictures featuring such music-hall luminaries as Gracie Fields and George Formby.

British Comedy Cinema

Author: I. Q. Hunter,Laraine Porter

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415666678

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 228

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British comedy cinema has been a mainstay of domestic production since the beginning of the last Century and arguably the most popular and important genre in British film history. This edited volume will offer the first comprehensive account of the rich and popular history of British comedy cinema from silent slapstick and satire to contemporary romantic comedy. Using a loosely chronological approach, essays cover successive decades of the 20th and 21st Century with a combination of case studies on key personalities, production cycles and studio output along with fresh approaches to issues of class and gender representation. It will present new research on familiar comedy cycles such as the Ealing Comedies and Carry On films as well as the largely undocumented silent period along with the rise of television spin offs from the 1970s and the development of animated comedy from 1915 to the present. Films covered include: St Trinians, A Fish Called Wanda, Brassed Off, Local Hero, The Full Monty, Four Lions and In the Loop. Contributors: Melanie Bell, Alan Burton, James Chapman, Richard Dacre, Ian Hunter, James Leggott, Sharon Lockyer, Andy Medhurst, Lawrence Napper, Tim O'Sullivan, Laraine Porter, Justin Smith, Sarah Street, Peter Waymark, Paul Wells

Past and Present

National Identity and the British Historical Film

Author: James Chapman

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857715577

Category: History

Page: 224

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From the classic The Private Life of Henry VIII to more recent landmarks such as Elizabeth, the historical feature film has been a major genre of British national cinema. Historical films have won both popular and critical success and have scored at the box office over many decades. Films such as Henry V, Scott of the Antarctic, Zulu and Chariots of Fire represent some of the greatest achievements of British cinema, acclaimed for bringing inspiring stories of Britain’s past to life. At the same time they have provoked controversy for taking liberties with the past, with the desire to provide narrative drama and epic spectacle taking precedence over strict adherence to historical accuracy. In this ground-breaking new study of the genre, James Chapman explores the ways in which the historical film has functioned as a vehicle for the representation of British national identity. Through a series of case studies, Chapman examines the production and reception histories of the key films, looking closely at the way they have tackled themes including class, gender, ethnicity, imperialism and militarism. The historical film, argues Chapman, acts as a vehicle for exploring changes in British society, mediating the past in response to the ideological and cultural circumstances of the present. Past and Present will be essential reading for students and teachers in film studies and history alike, and for all those interested in the social significance and cultural value of British cinema.

British Film

Author: Jim Leach

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521654197

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 289

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This book explores British cinema in relation to its social political and cultural contexts. Each chapter deals with a specific topic and includes close readings of key films from different historical periods. Demonstrating the richness and variety of a national cinema that has traditionally struggled to define itself between the paradigms of Hollywood popular film and European art cinema, British Film provides comprehensive coverage of British cinema and detailed discussion of specific films that can be used in tandem with screenings.

Femininity in the Frame

Women and 1950s British Popular Cinema

Author: Melanie Bell

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857712632

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

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It’s widely assumed that Britain in the 1950s experienced a return to traditional gender roles. Popular cinema has typically been seen to represent this era through the dominant image of the ‘happy housewife’. Femininity in the Frame is a sharply observant account of how British cinema engaged with femininity and women’s roles during this important period. Written in a lively and accessible manner, it challenges received understandings, arguing that the period was marked by social unease and anxiety about gender roles and femininity, with much British cinema producing ambiguous messages about feminine identities and the role of women. Through analysing marginalized figures, such as prostitutes, criminals and femmes fatales, and addressing central themes, notably sexuality, marriage and female friendship, Melanie Bell examines how British popular cinema imagined and constructed femininity in this era of rapid social and cultural change. She draws together sources ranging from official reports to film reviews, with case studies of films across genres, including The Perfect Woman, Young Wives’ Tale,The Weak and the Wicked and A Town Like Alice, to show how new ideas and understandings of femininity were seeping into the cultural imagery at this time. She demonstrates how such films expressed proto-feminist ideas and how they ultimately explored new forms of femininity in a manner that has not untilnow been recognised.

Popular Filmgoing in 1930s Britain

A Choice of Pleasures

Author: John Sedgwick

Publisher: University of Exeter Press

ISBN: 9780859896603

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 316

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In the 1930s there were close to a billion annual admissions to the cinema in Britain and it was by far the most popular paid-for leisure activity. This book is an exploration of that popularity. John Sedgwick has developed the POPSTAT index, a methodology based on exhibition records which allows identification of the most popular films and the leading stars of the period, and provides a series of tables which will servce as standard points of reference for all scholars and specialists working in the field of 1930s cinema. The book establishes similarities and differences between national and regional tastes through detailed case study analysis of cinemagoing in Bolton and Brighton, and offers an analysis of genre development. It also reveals that although Hollywood continued to dominate the British market, films emanating from British studios proved markedly popular with domestic audiences.

Projecting Empire

Imperialism and Popular Cinema

Author: James Chapman,Nicholas J. Cull

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 085773220X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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Projecting Empire, James Chapman and Nicholas J. Cull have written the first major study of imperialism and cinema for over thirty years. This welcome text maps the history of empire cinema in both Hollywood and Britain through a series of case studies of popular films, including adventures, biopics, literary adaptations, melodramas, comedies and documentaries. These range from the heyday of imperial adventure in the 1930s, such as Gunga Din and The Four Feathers, to the re-emergence of the genre in contemporary cinema, with Three Kings and the Indiana Jones series. They include the award-winning epics Lawrence of Arabia and Gandhi, innovative cult classics like The Naked Prey and the less reverent treatment of imperial themes in the Carry On films. Chapman and Cull consider industry-wide trends and place the films in their wider cultural and historical contexts. Using a range of primary sources, including private papers, they examine the work of key auteurs in the cinema of empire, including Alexander Korda, David Lean, John Huston and Richard Attenborough. They also explore the experiences of the actors who brought the stories to life, from Elizabeth Taylor to George Clooney. The supporting cast includes screenwriters, censors and the CIA. At a time when imperialism has a new significance in the world, this book will meet the needs of students and interested filmgoers alike

The Unknown 1930s

An Alternative History of the British Cinema, 1929- 1939

Author: Jeffrey Richards

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 9781860646287

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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A group of leading British film historians reassess the films, stars, genres and directors usually omitted from accounts of 1930s British cinema, including how MGM dealt with the dictates of the Films Act and a view of audiences during this period.

British Cinema and the Second World War

Author: Robert Murphy

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826478979

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

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The author provides a decade-by-decade analysis of every film ever made in Britain about World War II. It provides a comprehensive account of how Britain has portrayed the war through films.

Cinema at the End of Empire

A Politics of Transition in Britain and India

Author: Priya Jaikumar

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822387743

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 334

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How did the imperial logic underlying British and Indian film policy change with the British Empire’s loss of moral authority and political cohesion? Were British and Indian films of the 1930s and 1940s responsive to and responsible for such shifts? Cinema at the End of Empire illuminates this intertwined history of British and Indian cinema in the late colonial period. Challenging the rubric of national cinemas that dominates film studies, Priya Jaikumar contends that film aesthetics and film regulations were linked expressions of radical political transformations in a declining British empire and a nascent Indian nation. As she demonstrates, efforts to entice colonial film markets shaped Britain’s national film policies, and Indian responses to these initiatives altered the limits of colonial power in India. Imperially themed British films and Indian films envisioning a new civil society emerged during political negotiations that redefined the role of the state in relation to both film industries. In addition to close readings of British and Indian films of the late colonial era, Jaikumar draws on a wealth of historical and archival material, including parliamentary proceedings, state-sponsored investigations into colonial filmmaking, trade journals, and intra- and intergovernmental memos regarding cinema. Her wide-ranging interpretations of British film policies, British initiatives in colonial film markets, and genres such as the Indian mythological film and the British empire melodrama reveal how popular film styles and controversial film regulations in these politically linked territories reconfigured imperial relations. With its innovative examination of the colonial film archive, this richly illustrated book presents a new way to track historical change through cinema.

British Cinema in the Fifties

Gender, Genre and the 'New Look'

Author: Christine Geraghty

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134694644

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

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In the fifties British cinema won large audiences with popular war films and comedies, creating stars such as Dirk Bogarde and Kay Kendall, and introducing the stereotypes of war hero, boffin and comic bureaucrat which still help to define images of British national identity. In British Cinema in the Fifties, Christine Geraghty examines some of the most popular films of this period, exploring the ways in which they approached contemporary social issues such as national identity, the end of empire, new gender roles and the care of children. Through a series of case studies on films as diverse as It Always Rains on Sunday and Genevieve, Simba and The Wrong Arm of the Law, Geraghty explores some of the key debates about British cinema and film theory, contesting current emphases on contradiction, subversion and excess and exploring the curious mix of rebellion and conformity which marked British cinema in the post-war era.

British Women's Cinema

Author: Melanie Bell,Melanie Williams

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135231923

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

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British Women’s Cinema examines the place of female-centred films throughout British film history, from silent melodrama and 1940s costume dramas right up to the contemporary British ‘chick flick’.

British National Cinema

Author: Sarah Street

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0415384214

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 282

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With films as diverse as Bhaji on the Beach, The Dam Busters, Trainspotting, The Draughtsman's Contract, Prick Up Your Ears, Ratcatcher, This Is England and Atonement, British cinema has produced wide-ranging notions of British culture, identity and nationhood. British National Cinema is a comprehensive introduction to the British film industry within an economic, political and social context. British National Cinema analyzes the politics of film and establishes the difficult context within which British producers and directors have worked. Sarah Street questions why British film-making, production and distribution have always been subject to government apathy and financial stringency. In a comparison of Britain and Hollywood, the author asks to what extent was there a 'star system' in Britain and what was its real historical and social function. An examination of genres associated with British film, such as Ealing comedies, Hammer horror, 'heritage' films and hybrid forms, confirms the eclectic nature of British cinema. In a final evaluation of British film, she examines the existence of 'other cinemas': film-making which challenges the traditional concept of cinema and operates outside mainstream structures in order to deconstruct and replace classical styles and conventions. Illustrated with over thirty stills from classic British films, British National Cinema provides an accessible and comprehensive exploration of the fascinating development of British cinema.

Seventies British cinema

Author: Robert Shail

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 188

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This collection provides an illuminating and enjoyable guide to the popular genres, contexts and styles of film production, key films and film-makers of British cinema in the 1970s, addressing films such as 'The Wicker Man', genres such as punk and sexploitation, and series such as the Bond and 'Carry On' films.

The British cinema book

Author: Robert Murphy

Publisher: British Film Institute

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 452

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The third edition of The British Cinema Book provides a comprehensive introduction to the history, key debates and genres in British cinema, from 1895 to the present. Individual articles by leading scholars are grouped in historical and thematic sections, illuminated by in-depth case studies of key films and a wealth of images.

The Cinema of Britain and Ireland

Author: Brian McFarlane

Publisher: Wallflower Press

ISBN: 9781904764380

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 285

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A fresh, concise but wide-ranging introduction to and overview of British and Irish cinema, this volume contains 24 essays, each on a separate seminal film from the region. Films under discussion include 'Pink String and Sealing Wax', 'Room at the Top', 'The Italian Job', 'Orlando', and 'Sweet Sixteen'.

History of British Film

Author: Rachael Low

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415156479

Category: Cinematography

Page: 332

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This set is one of the cornerstones of film scholarship, and one of the most important works on twentieth century British culture. Published between 1948 and 1985, the volumes document all aspects of film making in Britain from its origins in 1896 to 1939. Rachael Low pioneered the interpretation of films in their context, arguing that to understand films it was necessary to establish their context. Her seven volumes are an object lesson in meticulous research, lucid analysis and accessible style, and have become the benchmark in film history. ...

The Encyclopedia of British Film

Fourth edition

Author: Brian McFarlane

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1526111969

Category: Performing Arts

Page: N.A

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With well over 6,300 articles, including over 500 new entries, this fourth edition of The Encyclopedia of British Film is a fully updated invaluable reference guide to the British film industry. It is the most authoritative volume yet, stretching from the inception of the industry to the present day, with detailed listings of the producers, directors, actors and studios behind a century or so of great British cinema. Brian McFarlane's meticulously researched guide is the definitive companion for anyone interested in the world of film. Previous editions have sold many thousands of copies and this fourth edition will be an essential work of reference for enthusiasts interested in the history of British cinema, and for universities and libraries.

Typical Men

The Representation of Masculinity in Popular British Cinema

Author: Andrew Spicer

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 9781860649318

Category: History

Page: 264

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Typical Men is the first history of masculinity in British film from World War II to the end of the 1990s. It explores in detail the changing nature of the dominant male cultural types: the debonair gentleman, the Byronic hero, the Angry Young Man, the delinquent, the maladjusted veteran, villains, and comic fools. Typical Men contains fresh interpretations of key films including In Which We Serve, They Made Me a Fugitive, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and the Bond films. It also provides stimulating commentary on the performances of important male stars such as James Mason, Kenneth More, Sean Connery, and Michael Caine.