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The Cinema of Mike Leigh : Directors' Cuts - Garry Watson

The Cinema of Mike Leigh

Directors' Cuts

Paperback Published: 9th June 2004
ISBN: 9781904764106
Number Of Pages: 208
For Ages: 22+ years old

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A keen, if somewhat caustic, observer of British manners and mores, Mike Leigh has been hailed as a director who celebrates the lives of 'ordinary' people in his work, both in film and in theatre. Comparing and contrasting all his films from "Bleak Moments" and "High Hopes" through "Naked", "Career Girls" and "Topsy-Turvy" to "All or Nothing", Garry Watson considers this claim, examining the influence and effect of each film, as well as the approach to 'the real'. Through careful textual detail and wider social and literary comparison with the works of Charles Dickens, T. S. Eliot and D. H. Lawrence amongst others, "The Cinema of Mike Leigh: A Sense of the Real" argues ultimately for the artistic and cultural significance of Leigh's work as one of Britain's most respected filmmakers and screenwriters.

Industry Reviews

"Watson tackles critics' complaints head-on [and is sensitive to the pain and suffering that define the worlds of Leigh's chararacters...Essential." -- "Choice"

Acknowledgements Preface Part One: Establishing a New Context 1 The Reception of Leigh's Work: Revising Our Expectations 2 The Extraordinary Element of Too-Muchness at the Heart of the Ordinary 3 In Pursuit of the Real Part Two: The Films (I) 4 The Feminist Leigh: Two Women 'on the other side of silence' 5 Leigh and Lawrence on 'the middle-class thing' and What it Leaves Out 6 The Political and the Flaubertian Leigh: On Stupidity, Taste, Anger and Resistance 7 Comedies Celebrating Marriage, the Family and the Pursuit of Happiness Part Three: The Films (II) 8 'Are you with me?': Leigh's 'Traumatising Seducer' 9 In Search of the Missing Mother/Daughter 10 A Meta-commentary on Leigh's Art and an Exploration of Female Friendship 11 Work as Play: The Utopian Element 12 'In the messianic light' 13 Conclusion: A Sense of the Real Notes Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9781904764106
ISBN-10: 190476410X
Series: Directors' Cuts
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 9th June 2004
Publisher: Wallflower Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.9  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.44