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J. Lee Thompson : British Film-Makers - Steve Chibnall

J. Lee Thompson

British Film-Makers

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Published: 28th February 2001
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First published on the fiftieth anniversary of his directorial debut, this book is the first to examine the work of a man once hailed as the finest film-maker to emerge from the British studio system after the Second World War. J. Lee Thompson first came to notice as a talented teenage playwright before entering the film business as a scriptwriter. In the unadventurous world of British film-making in the 1950s, he established himself as a controversial figure known for his innovative ideas and public clashes with the Censor. Before being recruited by Hollywood he made a string of classic films including: Yield to the Night (1956), Ice Cold in Alex (1958), Tiger Bay (1959), North West Frontier (1959) and The Guns of Navarone (1961). Lee Thompson worked in the Hollywood industry into his late eighties, making nearly thirty films as a director and producer between 1960 and 1990. He remains the best known, however, for his first: the immortal thriller Cape Fear (1962).

Drawing on extensive interview material, Steve Chibnall traces Lee Thompson's career in British cinema, and offers an analysis of his films which reveals remarkable, and previously unacknowledged, continuities of style and theme.

This is a book for anyone interested in the history of British cinema, and particularly those who enjoy the best of 1950s and 1960s film.

Series Editor's foreword Foreword by Sir John Mills Acknowledgements 1. Introduction 2. From Jack of all trades... 3. To master of one 4. Women who lie in gaol 5. Family entertainment 6. Prisons without bars 7. The perilous passage 8. Deutsche stars 9. Greek mythology 10. J. Lee goes to Hollywood 11. The prodigal's return Filmography References Index -- .

ISBN: 9780719060120
ISBN-10: 0719060125
Series: British Film-Makers
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 28th February 2001
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.43