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The British cinema book
Murphy, Robert, 1947-
Publication Information:
London : British Film Institute, 1997.
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xiii, 279 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Before Blackmail: silent British cinema / Charles Barr -- British film and the national interest, 1927-1939 / Sarah Street -- A British studio system: the Associated British Picture Corporation and the Gaumont-British Picture Corporation in the 1930s / Tom Ryall -- A despicable tradition? quota quickies in the 1930s / Lawrence Napper -- Low-budget British films in the 1930s / Linda Wood -- The British documentary film movement / Ian Aitken -- The heart of Britain / Robert Murphy -- Melodrama and femininity in World War Two British cinema / Marcia Landy -- Some lines of inquiry into Post-war British crimes / Raymond Durgnat -- Exiles and British cinema / Kevin Gough-Yeats -- A song and dance at the local: thoughts on Ealing / Tim Pulleine -- Methodism versus the market-place: the Rank Organisation and British cinema / Vincent Porter -- Bonnie Prince Charlie revisited: British costume film in the 1950s / Sue Harper -- Male stars, masculinity and British cinema, 1945-1960 / Andrew Spicer -- Women and Sixties British cinema: the development of the 'Darling' girl / Christine Geraghty -- British film censorship / Jeffrey Richards -- Lindsay Anderson and the development of British art cinema / Erik Hedling -- Paradise found and lost: the course of British realism / Geoff Brown -- Traditions of British comedy / Richard Dacre -- British cinema and black representation / Jim Pines -- Exhibition and the cinemagoing experience / Allen Eyles -- Traditions of the British horror film / Ian Conrich -- The British cinema: the known cinema? / Alan Lovell -- British cinema as national cinema: production, audience and representation / John Hill -- Conclusion: a short history of British cinema / Robert Murphy.
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Choice Review

Designed as an introduction to the variety of work now being done on British film history, this collection of short essays includes work by most of Britain's major film scholars. Each of the 25 pieces reads like a precis for a full-length study. This reviewer was particularly impressed by Lawrence Napper's piece on the quota quickies, Tim Pulleine on Ealing, Geoff Brown on British realism, and Ian Conrich on British horror. Sue Harper continues her fine work on costume dramas with a piece on the 1950s. Alan Lovell contributes a useful piece on the tendency of British critics and scholars to belabor the issue of representations of "national identity" in British films (in this connection, see Jeffrey Richards's Films and British National Identity, CH, Jul'98). Some contributions are less successful; in particular, Raymond Durgnat, always an idiosyncratic scholar, contributes a piece that is more fanciful than useful. One might complain that this volume suggests that British film scholarship has not caught up with British film: almost all of the work here deals with films of the 1960s and earlier. Could it be that contemporary scholars undervalue the current crop of British filmmakers as much as their predecessors did earlier artists? All collections, undergraduate through faculty. W. A. Vincent; Michigan State University

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Part 1 Early British Cinema: Assessments
Part 2 Early British Cinema: Genres and Traditions
Part 3 British Cinema from the Second World War to the 60s: Assessments
Part 4 British Cinema from the Second World War to the 60s: Genres and Traditions
Part 5 What is British Cinema?: Identities and Contexts
Part 6 What is British Cinema? From Popular Cinema to the Avant-Garde
Part 7 Contemporary British Cinema ConclusionRobert Murphy