The Cinema of Basil Dearden and Michael Relph

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This book offers the first full systematic assessment and evaluation of the cinema of this important filmmaking partnership. Dearden and Relph came together at the famous Ealing Studios in the wartime period and became the most prolific production team at the studio, contributing such popular and critically acclaimed films as The Captive Heart (1946), The Blue Lamp (1950) and Pool of London (1951). Later in the 1950s, Dearden and Relph branched out into independent production and became particularly associated ...

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Overview

This book offers the first full systematic assessment and evaluation of the cinema of this important filmmaking partnership. Dearden and Relph came together at the famous Ealing Studios in the wartime period and became the most prolific production team at the studio, contributing such popular and critically acclaimed films as The Captive Heart (1946), The Blue Lamp (1950) and Pool of London (1951). Later in the 1950s, Dearden and Relph branched out into independent production and became particularly associated with a cycle of controversial social problem films that included Sapphire (1959) and Victim (1961).

This new study takes an extensive view of the cinema of Basil Dearden and Michael Relph. It considers in detail their contribution to the celebrated achievements of wartime cinema at Ealing, brings a new focus to their post-war films that addressed masculine adjustment in a period of rapid change, takes a fresh look at the prominent group of social problem films within their work, and offers an original study of their later period of filmmaking for the international market in the 1960s. Attention is also given to the significant place of comedy in their cinema and Michael Relph's considerable achievements as an art director. The book will be of interest to all students of film history and a general readership that takes a keen interest in British cinema.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780748632893
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 2/12/2010
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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Tim O'Sullivan is head of the Department of Media, Film, and Journalism at De Montfort University, Leicester.

Alan Burton teaches at the Institute of English and American Studies, Klagenfurt University, Austria, and is associate research fellow in British film and television at De Montfort University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Foreword James Dearden Simon Relph ix

Biography and Career Notes xiii

Introduction: 'Two on a Tandem'" Dearden and Relph Authorship and British Cinema 1

1 Apprenticeship and Beyond: Comedy Traditions and Film Design 14

2 The Formative Period: The War Years and the Ethos of Ealing 49

3 Dramas of Masculine Adjustment I: Tragic Melodramas 89

4 Dramas of Masculine Adjustment II: Men in Action 167

5 Dramas of Social Tension and Adjustment 203

6 Ethical Dilemmas 249

7 The International Years 287

Appendix: 'Inside Ealing' Michael Relph 322

Filmography 328

Bibliography 335

Index 347

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