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Overview

Essays range from silent cinema to the future of British films in the 90s; the documentary movement to quota quickies; the flamboyant melodramas of the '40s to the portrayal of women in the '60s; the role of European exiles to the cozy pleasures of Ealing. The British Cinema Book, provides a comprehensive and definitive account of the history and characteristics of British cinema.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851708522
  • Publisher: BFI Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 7.68 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT MURPHY is Professor in Film Studies at De Montfort University, UK and the author of British Cinema and the Second World War (2000) and a number of other books on British cinema. He edited Directors in British and Irish Cinema: A Reference Companion (BFI 2006).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Notes on Contributors
Introduction to First Edition (1997)
Introduction British Cinema Saved - British Cinema Doomed 1
Pt. 1 Early British Cinema: Assessments 9
1 Before Blackmail: Silent British Cinema 11
2 Big Studio Production in the Pre-Quota Years 20
3 British Film and the National Interest, 1927-39 28
4 A British Studio System: The Associated British Picture Corporation and the Gaumont-British Picture Corporation in the 1930s 35
Pt. 2 Early British Cinema: Genres and Traditions 43
5 A Despicable Tradition? Quota-quickies in the 1930s 45
6 Low-budget British Films in the 1930s 53
7 The British Documentary Film Movement 60
Pt. 3 British Cinema from the Second World War to the 60s: Assessments 69
8 The Heart of Britain 71
9 A Song and Dance at the Local: Thoughts on Ealing 79
10 Methodism versus the Market-place: The Rank Organisation and British Cinema 85
11 Male Stars, Masculinity and British Cinema, 1945-60 93
12 Women and 60s British Cinema: The Development of the 'Darling' Girl 101
13 No Place Like Home: Powell, Pressburger Utopia 109
Pt. 4 British Cinema from the Second World War to the 60s: Genres and Traditions 117
14 Melodrama and Femininity in Second World War British Cinema 119
15 Bonnie Prince Charlie Revisited: British Costume Film in the 1950s 127
16 Some Lines of Inquiry into Post-war British Crimes 135
17 Beyond the New Wave: Realism in British Cinema, 1959-63 146
Pt. 5 What is British Cinema?: Identities and Contexts 153
18 British Film Censorship 155
19 Exhibition and the Cinema-going Experience 163
20 Exiles and British Cinema 170
21 British Cinema and Black Representation 177
22 Internal Decolonisation? British Cinema in the Celtic Fringe 184
23 The Wrong Sort of Cinema: Refashioning the Heritage Film Debate 191
24 The British Cinema: The Known Cinema? 200
25 British Cinema as National Cinema: Production, Audience and Representation 206
Pt. 6 What is British Cinema?: From Popular Cinema to the Avant-Garde 215
26 Action, Spectacle and the Boy's Own Tradition in British Cinema 217
27 Traditions of the British Horror Film 226
28 Traditions of British Comedy 233
29 Lindsay Anderson and the Development of British Art Cinema 241
30 Paradise Found and Lost: The Course of British Realism 248
31 'New Romanticism' and the British Avant-Garde Film in the Early 80s 256
32 'Tutte a marchio!': Excess, Masquerade and Performativity in 70s Cinema 263
Pt. 7 Contemporary British Cinema 271
33 The More Things Change ... British Cinema in the 90s 273
34 Travels in Ladland: The British Gangster Film Cycle, 1998-2001 281
35 Citylife: Urban Fairy-tales in Late 90s British Cinema 292
36 They Think It's All Over: British Cinema's US Surrender 301
Postscript: A Short History of British Cinema 310
Index 319
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