British Film Culture in the 1970s: The Boundaries of Pleasure

British Film Culture in the 1970s: The Boundaries of Pleasure

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Overview

British Film Culture in the 1970s: The Boundaries of Pleasure by Dave Allen

This volume draws a map of British film culture in the 1970s and provides a wide-ranging history of the period. It examines the cross-cultural relationship between British cinema and other media, including popular music and television. The analysis covers mainstream and experimental film cultures, identifying their production contexts and the economic, legislative and censorship constraints on British cinema throughout the decade.The essays in Part I contextualise the study and illustrate the diversity of 1970s moving image culture. In Part II, Sue Harper and Justin Smith examine how gender relations and social space were addressed in film. They show how a shared visual manner and performance style characterises this fragmented cinema, and how irony and anxiety suffuse the whole film culture. This volume charts the shifting boundaries of permission in 1970s film culture and changes in audience taste. This book is the culmination of an AHRC-funded project at the University of Portsmouth, For more information about 1970s British Cinema, Film and Video: Mainstream and Counter-Culture (2006-2009) please visit the project website at www.1970sproject.co.uk.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780748681693
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sue Harper is Emeritus Professor at the University of Portsmouth Justin Smith is Principal Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Portsmouth Justin Smith is Principal Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Portsmouth

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations v

List of Tables vi

Acknowledgements vii

List of Contributors ix

Introduction Sue Harper Justin Smith 1

Part I

1 Government Aid and Film Legislation: 'An elastoplast to stop a haemorrhage' Sian Barber 10

2 British Film Censorship and the BBFC in the 1970s Sian Barber 22

3 Moving Images and the Visual Arts in 1970s Britain Dave Allen 34

4 British Film Design in the 1970s Laurie N. Ede 50

5 Film Education during the 1970s Vincent Porter 62

6 'Picking up the Tab' for the Whole Black Community?: Industrial, Social and Institutional Challenges as Exemplified in Babylon Sally Shaw 75

7 1970s Television: A Self-conscious Decade Laurel Forster 85

8 British Graffiti: Popular Music and Film in the 1970s Dave Allen 99

Part II Sue Harper Justin Smith

9 Key Players 115

10 Boundaries and Taboos 138

11 Technology and Visual Style 155

12 Social Space 173

13 Cross-over 193

14 Audiences and Reception 208

Conclusion Sue Harper Justin Smith 227

Endnotes 233

Appendices

Appendix I Cinema Statistics, Box Office and Related Data Justin Smith 261

Appendix II Cinema-going at the Southampton Odeon: Exhibition Data and Popular Taste Sian Barber 275

Appendix III Top Films Shown at Portsmouth Cinemas, 1970-1979 Peri Bradley 282

Bibliography 285

Filmography 302

Index 314

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