Historical Dictionary of British Cinemaby Steve Chibnall, Alan Burton
British cinema has been around from the very birth of motion pictures, from black-and-white to color, from talkies to sound, and now 3D, it has been making a major contribution to world cinema. Many of its actors and directors have stayed at home but others ventured abroad, like Charlie Chaplin and Alfred Hitchcock. Today it is still going strong, the only real competition to Hollywood, turning out films which appeal not only to Brits, just think of Bridget Jones, while busily adding to franchises like James Bond and Harry Potter.
So this Historical Dictionary of British Cinema has a lot of ground to cover. This it does with over 300 dictionary entries informing us about significant actors, producers and directors, outstanding films and serials, organizations and studios, different films genres from comedy to horror, and memorable films, among other things. Two appendixes provide lists of award-winners. Meanwhile, the chronology covers over a century of history. These parts provide the details, countless details, while the introduction offers the big story. And the extensive bibliography points toward other sources of information.
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
- Publication date:
- Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts Series
- Product dimensions:
- 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.80(d)
Meet the Author
Alan Burton initially taught at De Montfort University before moving to Klagenfurt University in Austria. He has also written extensively, including books on directors, and is presently on the editorial board of Journal of British Cinema and Television.
Steve Chibnall is an exceptionally experienced film historian who is director of De Montfort University’s Cinema and Television History Research Centre and curator of several archives. He has been teaching British cinema for decades already and produced numerous articles and longer works during this time.
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