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Women in British Cinema : Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know - Sue Harper

Women in British Cinema

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know

Paperback Published: 1st June 2000
ISBN: 9780826447333
Number Of Pages: 272

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This book takes a broad perspective and analyses the ways in which the British film industry has dealt with women and their creativity from 1930 to the present. The first part of the book deals comprehensively with different historical periods in British film culture, showing how the 'agency' of production company, director, distribution company or scriptwriter can bring about new patterns of female stereotyping. The second part looks at the input of women workers into the film process. It assesses the work of women in a variety of roles: directors such as Wendy Toye and Sally Potter, producers such as Betty Box, scriptwriters such as Clemence Dane and Muriel Box, costume designers such as Shirley Russell and Jocelyn Rickards, and editors and art directors. This is a polemical book which is written in a lively and often confrontational manner. It uses fresh archival material and takes energetic issue with those explanatory models of film analysis which impose easy answers onto complex material.

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Women in British Cinema is a major contribution to this growing body of literature. [Sue Harper] combines a combative and engaged feminism with a scholarly analysis of a wide variety of primary sources that allow her to contextualize her acute analysis. Andrew Spicer, Journal of Contemporary History, 2004

Introductionp. 1
Mainstream Representations
The 1930s: Chaos and Opportunityp. 9
World War II: Control and Evasionp. 30
The Postwar Period: Settlement and Retrenchmentp. 52
The 1950s: Conformity and Deviancep. 73
The 1960s: Delusions of Freedomp. 101
The 1970s: Financial and Cultural Penuryp. 127
The 1980s: 'The British Are Coming'p. 139
Women's Work
Producersp. 155
Writersp. 167
Directorsp. 191
Costume Designersp. 213
Art Directorsp. 222
Editorsp. 229
Conclusionp. 233
Bibliographyp. 237
Index of Film Titlesp. 243
Index of Namesp. 253
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780826447333
ISBN-10: 0826447333
Series: Rethinking British Cinema (Continuum, Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st June 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.54 x 13.64  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.32

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