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New Australian Cinema : Sources and Parallels in American and British Film - Brian McFarlane

New Australian Cinema

Sources and Parallels in American and British Film

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Published: 17th August 1992
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The institutions and products of the Australian film industry have been extensively surveyed, yet few analyses consider the sources of the film revival that took place in the 1970s and 1980s. This book represents a new way of thinking about Australian cinema as it asks where the origins of the new films lie. The book begins by tracing the indebtedness of Australian cinema to the classical narrative style of Hollywood film-making, with its firm grasp of melodrama. It continues by comparing the problems faced by 'high' British cinema of the 1940s and 1950s with those faced by Australia in the 1970s and 1980s in the attempts by both countries to establish national film industries. New Australian Cinema will increase the scope of the discussion about the revival of Australian cinema and help us to make cultural sense of the films themselves.

Preface
Introduction
American Classical Cinema and the melodramatic tradition
The melodrama of isolation and defeat: Australian cinema since Picnic at Hanging Rock
Two booms: 'High' British cinema and new Australian cinema
The films: Britain (1940-1960) and Australia (1970-1990)
Observations and conclusions
Selected bibliography on Australian cinema
Index
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ISBN: 9780521387682
ISBN-10: 052138768X
Series: Cambridge Studies in the History of Mass Communications
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 17th August 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.41