British Cinema Book

British Cinema Book

by Robert Murphy

Paperback(3rd ed. 2009)

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The new edition ofThe British Cinema Book has been thoroughly revised and updated to provide a comprehensive introduction to themajorperiods, genres, studios,film-makers and debates in British cinema from the 1890s to the present.The bookhas five sections, addressing debates and controversies; industry, genre and representation; British cinema 1895-1939; Britishcinema fromWorld War IIto the 1970s, and contemporary British cinema.

Within thesesections, leading scholars and critics address awide range of issues and topics, includingBritish cinema as a 'national' cinema; its complex relationship with Hollywood; film censorship; key British genressuch as horror, comedy and costume film; the work of directors including Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Asquith, Alexander Mackendrick, Michael Powell, Lindsay Anderson,Ken Russell and Mike Leigh; studios such as Gainsborough, Ealing, Rank and Gaumont,and recent signs of hopefor the British film industry, such as the rebirth of the low-budget British horror picture, and theemergence of a British Asian cinema.

Discussions are illustrated with case studies of key films, many of which are new to this edition, including Piccadilly (1929)It Always Rains on Sunday (1947), The Ladykillers (1955), This Sporting Life (1963), The Devils (1971), Withnail and I (1986),Bend it Like Beckham (2002) and Control (2007),andwith over 100 images from the BFI's collection.

The Editor:Robert Murphy is Professor in Film Studies at De Montfort University andhas written and edited a number of books on British cinema, including British Cinema and the Second World War (2000) and Directors in British and Irish Cinema (2006).

The contributors: Ian Aitken, Charles Barr, Geoff Brown, William Brown, Stella
Bruzzi, Jon Burrows, James Chapman, Steve Chibnall, Pamela Church Gibson, Ian
Conrich, Richard Dacre, Raymond Durgnat, Allen Eyles, Christine Geraghty, Christine
Gledhill, Kevin Gough-Yates, Sheldon Hall, Benjamin Halligan, Sue Harper, Erik
Hedling, Andrew Hill, John Hill, Peter Hutchings, Nick James, Marcia Landy, Barbara
Korte, Alan Lovell, Brian McFarlane, Martin McLoone, Andrew Moor, Robert Murphy,
Lawrence Napper, Michael O'Pray, Jim Pines, Vincent Porter, Tim Pulleine, Jeffrey
Richards, James C. Robertson, Tom Ryall, Justin Smith, Andrew Spicer, Claudia
Sternberg, Sarah Street, Melanie Williams and Linda Wood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844572755
Publisher: BFI Publishing
Publication date: 03/31/2009
Edition description: 3rd ed. 2009
Pages: 378
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

ROBERT MURPHY is Professor in Film Studies at De Montfort University, UKandhas written and edited anumber of books on British Cinema,including British Cinema and the Second World War (2000) and Directors in British and Irish Cinema: A Reference Companion(2006).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.- Notes on Contributors.- Introduction.- PART I: DEBATES AND CONTROVERSIES.- The British Cinema: The Known Cinema?; A.Lovell.- British Cinema as National Cinema: Production, Audience and Representation; J.Hill.- They Think It's All Over: British Cinema's US Surrender, A View from 2001; N.James.- Paradise Found and Lost: The Course of British Realism; G.Brown .- Lindsay Anderson and the Development of British Art Cinema; E.Hedling .- The Wrong Sort of Cinema: Refashioning the Heritage Film Debate; S.Hall.- British Cult Cinema; J.Smith.- PART II: INDUSTRY, GENRE, REPRESENTATION.- British Film Censorship; J.Richards & J.Robertson.- Exhibition and the Cinema-going Experience; A.Eyles.- Action, Spectacle and the Boy's Own Tradition in British Cinema; J.Chapman.- Traditions of the British Horror Film; I.Conrich.- Traditions of British Comedy; R.Dacre.- British Cinema and Black Representation; J.Pines.- Exiles and British Cinema; K.Gough-Yates.- Where Are Those Buggers?: Aspects of Homosexuality in Mainstream British Cinema; S.Bruzzi.- PART III: BRITISH CINEMA 1895–1939.- Before Blackmail: Silent British Cinema; C.Barr.- Big Studio Production in the Pre-Quota Years, J.Burrows.- Late Silent Britain; C.Gledhill.- The British Documentary Film Movement; I.Aitken.- British Film and the National Interest, 1927–39; S.Street.- A Despicable Tradition? Quota-quickies in the 1930s; L.Napper.- A British Studio System: The Associated British Picture Corporation and the Gaumont-British Picture Corporation in the 1930s; T.Ryall.- Low-budget British Films in the 1930s; L.Wood.- PART IV: BRITISH CINEMA FROM THE SECOND WORLD WAR TO THE 70S.- The Heart of Britain: British Cinema at War; R.Murphy.- Melodrama and Femininity in Second World War British Cinema; M.Landy.- No Place Like Home: Powell, Pressburger Utopia; A.Moor.- Some Lines of Inquiry into Post-war British Crimes; R.Durgnat.- A Song and Dance at the Local: Thoughts on Ealing; T.Pulleine.- Methodism versus the Market-place: The Rank Organisation and British Cinema; V.Porter.- Bonnie Prince Charlie Revisited: British Costume Film in the 1950s; S.Harper.- 'Twilight women' of 1950s British Cinema; M.Williams.- Male Stars, Masculinity and British Cinema, 1945–60; A.Spicer.- Beyond the New Wave: Realism in British Cinema, 1959–63; P.Hutchings.- Women and 60s British Cinema: The Development of the 'Darling' Girl; C.Geraghty.- Strange Days: British Cinema in the Late 1960s; Robert Murphy.- 'Tutte e marchio!': Excess, Masquerade and Performativity in 70s Cinema; P.Church Gibson & A.Hill.- PART V: CONTEMPORARY BRITISH CINEMA.- New Romanticism' and the British Avant-Garde Film in the Early 80s; M.O'Pray .- Internal Decolonisation? British Cinema in the Celtic Fringe; M.McLoone.- Citylife: Urban Fairy-tales in Late 90s British Cinema; R.Murphy.- The More Things Change . . . British Cinema in the 90s; B.McFarlane.- Travels in Ladland: The British Gangster Film Cycle, 1998–2001; S.Chibnall.- Asian British Cinema since the 1990s; B.Korte & C.Sternberg .- Bright Hopes, Dark Dreams: A Guide to New British Cinema; R.Murphy.- Not Flagwaving But Flagdrowning, or Postcards from Post-Britain; W.Brown.- Postscript: A Short History of British Cinema; R.Murphy.- Index.

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From the Publisher

The third edition of this excellent, illustrated collection of essays on British cinema provides an overview of the key issues, debates and history. First published in 1997, it has been expanded to include case studies of individual films, and several new essays on subjects such as the representation of women in 1950s cinema and the birth of British Asian cinema in the 90s. Its range is impressive.' – Peter Smith, The Guardian

' ... a delightful gateway into the rich world of British cinema.' – Simon Brown, Viewfinder

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