British Cinema of the 1950s: The Decline of Deference

British Cinema of the 1950s: The Decline of Deference

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British Cinema of the 1950s: The Decline of Deference

In this definitive and long-awaited history of 1950s British cinema, Sue Harper and Vincent Porter draw extensively on previously unknown archive material to chart the growing rejection of post-war deference by both film-makers and cinema audiences. Competition from television and successive changes in government policy all forced the production industry to become more market-sensitive. The films produced by Rank and Ealing, many of which harked back to wartime structures of feeling, were challenged by those backed by Anglo-Amalgamated and Hammer. The latter knew how to address the rebellious feelings and growing sexual discontents of a new generation of consumers. Even the British Board of Film Censors had to adopt a more liberal attitude. The collapse of the studio system also meant that the screenwriters and the art directors had to cede creative control to a new generation of independent producers and film directors. Harper and Porter explore the effects of these social, cultural, industrial, and economic changes on 1950s British cinema.

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ISBN-13: 9780198159346
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/06/2003
Pages: 440
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1. The Politics of Production Finance
2. The Rank Organisation
3. Ealing Studios
4. The Associated British Picture Company
5. British Lion
6. American-British Productions
7. Hammer Films
8. Independent Producers
9. Outsiders and Mavericks
10. Visual Style
11. Censorship
12. The Cinema Audience Responds
Notes and references

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