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National Film Traditions : British Film - Jim Leach

National Film Traditions

British Film

By: Jim Leach

Hardcover Published: 1st August 2004
ISBN: 9780521652766
Number Of Pages: 300

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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. Topics include realism, expressionism, popular cinema, film and theater, sexuality and gender, comedy, class and ideology, heritage film, and diasporic cinema. 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 also addresses the problematic concept of 'national character' as it has been applied in studies of national cinemas and cultures, and the increasing pressure on all of these ideas in the age of globalization. Designed for the general reader, this volume is suitable for use as a textbook, providing comprehensive coverage of British cinema and detailed discussion of specific films that can be used in tandem with screenings.

"Jim Leach's British Cinema is an engaging introduction to and meditation on what the opening chapter describes as a "complex" and "messy" cinema" Letters in Canada 2004 Jim Ellis

The national health: Great Britain/deep England
The magic box: what is British cinema?
The common touch: the art of being realistic
The mirror crack'd: British expressionism
Millions like us: British cinema as popular cinema
The stars look down: acting British
No sex please - we're British: sex, gender, and the national character
Carry on regardless: The British sense of humor
Sexy beasts: British monsters
The ruling class: ideology and the school movie
The long memory: history and heritage
I'm British but ...: Empire and after
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ISBN: 9780521652766
ISBN-10: 0521652766
Series: National Film Traditions
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 1st August 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.2  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.59

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