British Historical Cinema

Author: Claire Monk
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136366499
Release Date: 2015-01-28
Genre: Performing Arts

Films recreating or addressing 'the past' - recent or distant, actual or imagined - have been a mainstay of British cinema since the silent era. From Elizabeth to Carry On Up The Khyber, and from the heritage-film debate to issues of authenticity and questions of genre, British Historical Cinema explores the ways in which British films have represented the past on screen, the issues they raise and the debates they have provoked. Discussing films from biopics to literary adaptations, and from depictions of Britain's colonial past to the re-imagining of recent decades in retro films such as Velvet Goldmine, a range of contributors ask whose history is being represented, from whose perspective, and why.

British Comedy Cinema

Author: I. Q. Hunter
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780415666671
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Performing Arts

British comedy cinema has been a mainstay of domestic production since the beginning of the last Century and arguably the most popular and important genre in British film history. This edited volume will offer the first comprehensive account of the rich and popular history of British comedy cinema from silent slapstick and satire to contemporary romantic comedy. Using a loosely chronological approach, essays cover successive decades of the 20th and 21st Century with a combination of case studies on key personalities, production cycles and studio output along with fresh approaches to issues of class and gender representation. It will present new research on familiar comedy cycles such as the Ealing Comedies and Carry On films as well as the largely undocumented silent period along with the rise of television spin offs from the 1970s and the development of animated comedy from 1915 to the present. Films covered include: St Trinians, A Fish Called Wanda, Brassed Off, Local Hero, The Full Monty, Four Lions and In the Loop. Contributors: Melanie Bell, Alan Burton, James Chapman, Richard Dacre, Ian Hunter, James Leggott, Sharon Lockyer, Andy Medhurst, Lawrence Napper, Tim O'Sullivan, Laraine Porter, Justin Smith, Sarah Street, Peter Waymark, Paul Wells

British Science Fiction Cinema

Author: I.Q. Hunter
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134702763
Release Date: 2002-01-04
Genre: Social Science

British Science Fiction Cinema is the first substantial study of a genre which, despite a sometimes troubled history, has produced some of the best British films, from the prewar classic Things to Come to Alien made in Britain by a British director. The contributors to this rich and provocative collection explore the diverse strangeness of British science fiction, from literary adaptions like Nineteen Eighty-Four and A Clockwork Orange to pulp fantasies and 'creature features' far removed from the acceptable face of British cinema. Through case studies of key films like The Day the Earth Caught Fire, contributors explore the unique themes and concerns of British science fiction, from the postwar boom years to more recent productions like Hardware, and examine how science fiction cinema drew on a variety of sources, from TV adaptions like Doctor Who and the Daleks, to the horror/sf crossovers produced from John Wyndham's cult novels The Day of the Triffids and The Midwich Cuckoos (filmed as Village of the Damned). How did budget restrictions encourage the use of the 'invasion narrative' in the 1950s films? And how did films such as Unearthly Stranger and Invasion reflect fears about the decline of Britain's economic and colonial power and the 'threat' of female sexuality? British Science Fiction Cinema celebrates the breadth and continuing vitality of British sf film-making, in both big-budget productions such as Brazil and Event Horizon and cult exploitation movies like Inseminoid and Lifeforce.

British Horror Cinema

Author: Steve Chibnall
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415230039
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Performing Arts

British Horror Cinema investigates a wealth of horror filmmaking in Britain, from early chillers like The Ghoul and Dark Eyes of London to acknowledged classics such as Peeping Tom and The Wicker Man. Contributors explore the contexts in which British horror films have been censored and classified, judged by their critics and consumed by their fans. Uncovering neglected modern classics like Deathline, and addressing issues such as the representation of family and women, they consider the Britishness of British horror and examine sub-genres such as the psycho-thriller and witchcraftmovies, the work of the Amicus studio, and key filmmakers including Peter Walker. Chapters include: the 'Psycho Thriller' the British censors and horror cinema femininity and horror film fandom witchcraft and the occult in British horror Horrific films and 1930s British Cinema Peter Walker and Gothic revisionism. Also featuring a comprehensive filmography and interviews with key directors Clive Barker and Doug Bradley, this is one resource film studies students should not be without.

Past and Present

Author: James Chapman
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 1850438080
Release Date: 2005-12-10
Genre: History

Exploring throughout the dialectical relationship between past and present, Chapman reveals how such films promote British achievements - but also sometimes question them - and how they project images of 'Britishness' to audiences both in the UK and internationally.

Projecting Empire

Author: James Chapman
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 9780857732200
Release Date: 2009-06-17
Genre: Performing Arts

Projecting Empire, James Chapman and Nicholas J. Cull have written the first major study of imperialism and cinema for over thirty years. This welcome text maps the history of empire cinema in both Hollywood and Britain through a series of case studies of popular films, including adventures, biopics, literary adaptations, melodramas, comedies and documentaries. These range from the heyday of imperial adventure in the 1930s, such as Gunga Din and The Four Feathers, to the re-emergence of the genre in contemporary cinema, with Three Kings and the Indiana Jones series. They include the award-winning epics Lawrence of Arabia and Gandhi, innovative cult classics like The Naked Prey and the less reverent treatment of imperial themes in the Carry On films. Chapman and Cull consider industry-wide trends and place the films in their wider cultural and historical contexts. Using a range of primary sources, including private papers, they examine the work of key auteurs in the cinema of empire, including Alexander Korda, David Lean, John Huston and Richard Attenborough. They also explore the experiences of the actors who brought the stories to life, from Elizabeth Taylor to George Clooney. The supporting cast includes screenwriters, censors and the CIA. At a time when imperialism has a new significance in the world, this book will meet the needs of students and interested filmgoers alike

British Queer Cinema

Author: Robin Griffiths
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415307783
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Performing Arts

From the stereotypes and subversive sub-texts of earlier works to the complex visibility of queer identity in the 70s, 80s and 90s, the contributors to this collection discuss the varying contexts and deployments of homosexuality to define and deconstruct the cultural values of British popular cinema.

British Women s Cinema

Author: Melanie Bell
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135231927
Release Date: 2009-09-15
Genre: Performing Arts

British Women’s Cinema examines the place of female-centred films throughout British film history, from silent melodrama and 1940s costume dramas right up to the contemporary British ‘chick flick’.

British Film

Author: Jim Leach
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 052165419X
Release Date: 2004-08-30
Genre: Business & Economics

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.

The British Cinema Boom 1909 1914

Author: Jon Burrows
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137396778
Release Date: 2017-11-26
Genre: Performing Arts

This book examines why thousands of cinemas opened in Britain in the space of a few years before the start of the First World War. It explains how they were the product of an investment boom which observers characterised as economically irrational and irresponsible. Burrows profiles the main groups of people who started cinema companies during this period, and those who bought shares in them, and considers whether the early cinema business might be seen as a bubble that burst. The book examines the impact of the Cinematograph Act 1909 upon the boom, and explains why British film production seemed to decline in inverse proportion to the mass expansion of the market for moving image entertainment. This account also takes a new look at the development of film distribution, the emergence of the feature film and the creation of the British Board of Film Censors. Making systematic and pioneering use of surviving business and local government records, this book will appeal to anyone interested in silent cinema, the history of film exhibition and the economics of popular culture.

The Unknown 1930s

Author: Jeffrey Richards
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 186064628X
Release Date: 2001-03-21
Genre: Performing Arts

A group of leading British film historians reassess the films, stars, genres and directors usually omitted from accounts of 1930s British cinema, including how MGM dealt with the dictates of the Films Act and a view of audiences during this period.

British Genres

Author: Marcia Landy
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400862184
Release Date: 2014-07-14
Genre: Art

In this unprecedented survey of British cinema from the 1930s to the New Wave of the 1960s, Marcia Landy explores how cinematic representation and social history converge. Landy focuses on the genre film, a product of British mass culture often dismissed by critics as "unrealistic," showing that in England such cinema subtly dramatized unresolved cultural conflicts and was, in fact, more popular than critics have claimed. Her discussion covers hundreds of works--including historical films, films of empire, war films, melodrama, comedy, science-fiction, horror, and social problem films--and reveals their relation to changing attitudes toward class, race, national identity, sexuality, and gender. Landy begins by describing the status and value of genre theory, then provides a history of British film production that illuminates the politics and personalities connected with the major studios. In vivid accounts of the films within each genre, she analyzes styles, codes, and conventions to show how the films negotiate history, fantasy, and lived experience. Throughout Landy creates a dynamic sense of genre and of how the genres shape, not merely reflect, cultural conflicts. Originally published in 1991. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

British Cinema Past and Present

Author: Justine Ashby
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135125158
Release Date: 2013-05-13
Genre: Performing Arts

British Cinema: Past and Present responds to the commercial and critical success of British film in the 1990s. Providing a historical perspective to the contemporary resurgence of British cinema, this unique anthology brings together leading international scholars to investigate the rich diversity of British film production, from the early sound period of the 1930s to the present day. The contributors address: * British Cinema Studies and the concept of national cinema * the distribution and reception of British films in the US and Europe * key genres, movements and cycles of British cinema in the 1940s, 50s and 60s * questions of authorship and agency, with case studies of individual studios, stars, producers and directors * trends in British cinema, from propaganda films of the Second World War to the New Wave and the 'Swinging London' films of the Sixties * the representation of marginalised communities in films such as Trainspotting and The Full Monty * the evolution of social realism from Saturday Night, Sunday Morning to Nil By Mouth * changing approaches to Northern Ireland and the Troubles in films like The Long Good Friday and Alan Clarke's Elephant * contemporary 'art' and 'quality' cinema, from heritage drama to the work of Peter Greenaway, Derek Jarman, Terence Davies and Patrick Keiller.

Sixties British cinema

Author: Robert Murphy
Publisher: British Film Inst
ISBN: UOM:39015025283881
Release Date: 1992
Genre: Performing Arts


Guide to British Cinema

Author: Geoff Mayer
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 031330307X
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

A guide to British cinema includes entries for major British actors, directors, and films from 1929 to the present.