British cinema of the 1950s

A celebration

Edited by Ian Mackillop and Neil Sinyard

British cinema of the 1950s
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  • Publish Date: Mar 2003
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6489-0
    • Pages: 256
    • Price: £15.99
    • Published Date: March 2003


    Offers a startling re-evaluation of what has until now been seen as the most critically lacklustre period of the British film history. Covers a variety of genres, such as B-movies, war films, women's pictures and theatrical adaptations; as well as social issues which affect film-making, such as censorship. Includes fresh assessment of maverick directors; Pat Jackson, Robert Hamer and Joseph Losey, and even of a maverick critic Raymond Durgnat. Features personal insights from those inidividually implicated in 1950s cinema; Corin Redgrave on Michael Redgrave, Isabel Quigly on film reviewing, and Bryony Dixon of the BFI on archiving and preservation. Presents a provocative challenge to conventional wisdom about 1950s film and rediscovers the Festival of Britain decade.


    Celebrating British Cinema of the 1950s - Ian MacKillop and Neil Sinyard
    Raymond Durgnat and A Mirror for England - Robert Murphy
    Lindsay Anderson: Sequence and the Rise of the British Auterism - Erik Hedling
    Mirroring England
    National Snapshots: Fixing the Past in English War Films - Fred Inglis
    Film and the Festival of Britain - Sarah Easen
    Pat Jackson's White Corridors - Charles Barr
    The Long Shadow: Robert Hamer after Ealing - Philip Kemp
    If They Want Culture, They Pay: Consumerism and Alienation in 1950s Comedies - Dave Rolinson
    Boys, Ballet and Begonias: The Spanish Gardener and its Analogues - Alison Platt
    'The Case of Joseph Losey': His Early British Films - Neil Sinyard
    Painfully Squalid?
    Women of Twilight - Kerry Kidd
    Yield to the Night - Melanie WIlliams
    From Script to Screen: Film Censorship and Serious Charge - Tony Aldgate
    Housewife's Choice: Woman in a Dressing Gown - Melanie Williams
    Too Theatrical by Half? The Admirable Crichton and Look Back in Anger - Stephen Lacey
    The Cold War and A Tale of Two Cities - Robert Giddings
    Value for Money: Baker and Berman, and Tempean Films - Brian MacFarlane
    Adaptble Terence Rattigan. Separate Tables, Separate Entities? - Dominic Shellard
    Personal Views
    Archiving the 1950s - Bryony Dixon
    Being the Film Reviewer in the 1950s - Isabel Quigly
    Michael Redgrave and the Mountebank's Tale - Corin Redgrave


    Ian MacKillop is Professor of English Literature at the University of Sheffield. Neil Sinyard is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Hull

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    Edited by Ian Mackillop, Neil Sinyard

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