Picturing home

Domestic life and modernity in 1940s British film

By Hollie Price

Picturing home


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3820-0
  • Pages: 256
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: January 2021
  • BIC Category: PERFORMING ARTS / Film / Genres / Historical, HISTORY / Social History, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism, Humanities / 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, The arts / Films, cinema, Humanities / Social & cultural history
  • Series: Studies in Popular Culture


Picturing home examines the depiction of domestic life in British feature films made and released in the 1940s. It explores how pictorial representations of home onscreen in this period re-imagined modes of address that had been used during the interwar years to promote ideas about domestic modernity. Picturing home provides a close analysis of domestic life as constructed in eight films, contextualising them in relation to a broader, offscreen culture surrounding the suburban home, including magazines, advertisements, furniture catalogues and displays at the Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition. In doing so, it offers a new reading of British 1940s films, which demonstrates how they trod a delicate path balancing prewar and postwar, traditional and modern, private and public concerns.


Introduction: ''Mid pleasures and palaces'
1 'Tea Table Politics': mapping the industrial working-class home
2 Pastoral images: capturing 'A Landscape from Within'
3 Dream palaces: transforming the domestic Interior
4 Interior lives: imagining private visions of home
Conclusion: 'The best of both worlds'



Hollie Price is a Research Fellow in Media and Film at the University of Sussex

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