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British Film

Author: Jim Leach
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521654197
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This book explores British cinema in relation to its social political and cultural contexts. Each chapter deals with a specific topic and includes close readings of key films from different historical periods. Demonstrating the richness and variety of a national cinema that has traditionally struggled to define itself between the paradigms of Hollywood popular film and European art cinema, British Film provides comprehensive coverage of British cinema and detailed discussion of specific films that can be used in tandem with screenings.

British National Cinema

Author: Sarah Street
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 0415384214
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With films as diverse as Bhaji on the Beach, The Dam Busters, Trainspotting, The Draughtsman's Contract, Prick Up Your Ears, Ratcatcher, This Is England and Atonement, British cinema has produced wide-ranging notions of British culture, identity and nationhood. British National Cinema is a comprehensive introduction to the British film industry within an economic, political and social context. British National Cinema analyzes the politics of film and establishes the difficult context within which British producers and directors have worked. Sarah Street questions why British film-making, production and distribution have always been subject to government apathy and financial stringency. In a comparison of Britain and Hollywood, the author asks to what extent was there a 'star system' in Britain and what was its real historical and social function. An examination of genres associated with British film, such as Ealing comedies, Hammer horror, 'heritage' films and hybrid forms, confirms the eclectic nature of British cinema. In a final evaluation of British film, she examines the existence of 'other cinemas': film-making which challenges the traditional concept of cinema and operates outside mainstream structures in order to deconstruct and replace classical styles and conventions. Illustrated with over thirty stills from classic British films, British National Cinema provides an accessible and comprehensive exploration of the fascinating development of British cinema.

British National Cinema

Author: Sarah Street
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134917872
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The first substantial overview of the British film industry with emphasis on its genres, stars, and socioeconomic context, British National Cinema by Sarah Street is an important title in Routledge's new National Cinemas series. British National Cinema synthesizes years of scholarship on British film while incorporating the author' fresh perspective and research. Street divides the study of British cinema into four sections: the relation between the film industry and government; specific film genres; movie stars; and experimental cinema. In addition, this beautifully illustrated volume includes over thirty stills from every sphere of British cinema. British National Cinema will be of great interest to film students and theorists as well as the general reader interested in the fascinating scope of British film.

Traditions In World Cinema

Author: Linda Badley
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813538747
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Traditions in World Cinema brings together a colorful and wide ranging collection of world cinematic traditions-national, regional, and global-all of which are in need of introduction, investigation and, in some cases, critical reassessment. The movements described range from well-known traditions such as German expressionism, Italian neorealism, French, British, and Czech new wave, and new Hollywood cinema to those of emerging significance, such as Danish Dogma, postcommunist cinema, Brazilian post-Cinema Novo, new Argentine cinema, pre-independence African film traditions, Israeli persecution films, new Iranian cinema, Hindi film songs, Chinese wenyi pian melodrama, Japanese horror, and global found-footage cinema. The essays, all written by recognized experts in the field, are jargon free and accessible to both general readers and students. In addition, each chapter is followed by a list of suggested films and readings, offering readers pathways to further viewing and study. Bringing fresh insights to those movements that have provided significant and noteworthy alternatives to Hollywood, this book is an essential introduction to the rich diversity of world cinema. Linda Badley is a professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University. R. Barton Palmer is Calhoun-Lemon Professor of Literature at Clemson University in South Carolina. Steven Jay Schneider is an adjunct lecturer in the department of media culture at the City University of New York. Contributors: Roy Armes Nitzan Ben-Shaul Peter Bondanella Corey Creekmur Adrian Danks Peter Hames Robert Kolker Myrto Konstantarakos Randal Johnson Jay McRoy Toby Miller Negar Mottahedeh Richard Neupert Christina Stojanova J. P. Telotte Stephen Teo

Americanizing Britain

Author: Genevieve Abravanel
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199942668
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How did Great Britain, which entered the twentieth century as a dominant empire, reinvent itself in reaction to its fears and fantasies about the United States? Investigating the anxieties caused by the invasion of American culture-from jazz to Ford motorcars to Hollywood films-during the first half of the twentieth century, Genevieve Abravanel theorizes the rise of the American Entertainment Empire as a new style of imperialism that threatened Britain's own. In the early twentieth century, the United States excited a range of utopian and dystopian energies in Britain. Authors who might ordinarily seem to have little in common-H.G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, and Virginia Woolf-began to imagine Britain's future through America. Abravanel explores how these novelists fashioned transatlantic fictions as a response to the encroaching presence of Uncle Sam. She then turns her attention to the arrival of jazz after World War I, showing how a range of writers, from Elizabeth Bowen to W.H. Auden, deployed the new music as a metaphor for the modernization of England. The global phenomenon of Hollywood film proved even more menacing than the jazz craze, prompting nostalgia for English folk culture and a lament for Britain's literary heritage. Abravanel then refracts British debates about America through the writing of two key cultural critics: F.R. Leavis and T.S. Eliot. In so doing, she demonstrates the interdependencies of some of the most cherished categories of literary study-language, nation, and artistic value-by situating the high-low debates within a transatlantic framework.

Waving The Flag

Author: Andrew Higson
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780198742296
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What does it mean to speak of 'national' cinema? Challenging conventional viewpoints, Waving the Flag combines detailed analyses of film text with studies of industrial and cultural contexts, to offer a history of British cinema.

Die Industrie Und Der Staat Quota Quickies Als Folge Des Cinematograph Films Act 1927

Author: Linda Meier
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3656421919
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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2011 im Fachbereich Filmwissenschaft, Note: 1,3, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (Filmwissenschaft), Veranstaltung: Nationale Kinematographien - British Cinema, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Seit dem Beginn der Filmgeschichte in Großbritannien gibt es immer wieder wirtschaftliche Tiefen, politische Desaster und Krisen in der britischen Filmindustrie. Oftmals greift deshalb der Staat in die Wirtschaft ein, was nicht immer positiv Konsequenzen mit sich bringt. Die Quota Quickies sind eine Folge des Cinematograph Films Act von 1927, mit der kaum jemand gerechnet hat bzw. die völlig überraschend kam. Oftmals werden diese Filme heute als Schande der britischen Filmbranche gesehen, der fast noch eine größere Bedrohung für den Nationalstolz der Briten darstellte als die Bedrohung aus Übersee, also aus Hollywood. Diese Arbeit konzentriert sich deshalb besonders auf diesen Abschnitt der britischen Filmgeschichte und zeigt auf, wie es zu dieser Art von Filmen kam. Anschließend sollen die Charakteristika und die Produktionsweise dieser Filme genauer betrachtet werden.

British Film Culture In The 1970s

Author: Sue Harper
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748654283
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This volume draws a map of British film culture in the 1970s and provides a wide-ranging history of the period.

British Film Directors

Author: Robert Shail
Publisher: SIU Press
ISBN: 9780809328338
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British national cinema has produced an exceptional track record of innovative, creative and internationally recognized filmmakers, amongst them Alfred Hitchcock, Michael Powell and David Lean. This tradition continues today with the work of directors as diverse as Neil Jordan, Stephen Frears, Mike Leigh, and Ken Loach. This concise, authoritative volume analyzes critically the work of one hundred British directors, from the innovators of the silent period to contemporary auteurs. An introduction places the individual entries in context and examines the role and status of the director within British film production. Balancing academic rigor with accessibility, British Film Directors provides an indispensable reference source for film students at all levels, as well as for the general cinema enthusiast. Key features include a complete list of each director’s British feature films, a comprehensive career overview that includes biographical information and an assessment of the director’s current critical standing, and suggested further reading on each filmmaker.

Destination London

Author: Tim Bergfelder
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 9781845455323
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The legacy of migrs in the British film industry, from the late era of silent film to the immediate post-World War Two period, has been largely neglected in the scholarly literature. Destination London is the first book to redress this imbalance. Focusing on areas such as exile, genre, technological transfer, professional training and education, cross-cultural exchange and representation, it begins by mapping the reasons for this neglect before examining the contributions made by migr directors, actors, screenwriters, cinematographers, set designers, and composers to the British cinema. It goes on to assess the particular cultural and economic contexts of transnational industry collaborations in the 1920s, artistic cosmopolitanism in the 1930s, and anti-Nazi propaganda in the 1940s.