British National Cinema
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By (author) Sarah Street
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British National Cinema by Sarah Street
Book DescriptionWith films as diverse as Bhaji on the Beach, The Dam Busters, Trainspotting, The Draughtsman's Contract, Prick Up Your Ears, Ratcatcher, This Is England and Atonement, British cinema has produced wide-ranging notions of British culture, identity and nationhood. British National Cinema is a comprehensive introduction to the British film industry within an economic, political and social context. British National Cinema analyzes the politics of film and establishes the difficult context within which British producers and directors have worked. Sarah Street questions why British film-making, production and distribution have always been subject to government apathy and financial stringency. In a comparison of Britain and Hollywood, the author asks to what extent was there a 'star system' in Britain and what was its real historical and social function. An examination of genres associated with British film, such as Ealing comedies, Hammer horror, 'heritage' films and hybrid forms, confirms the eclectic nature of British cinema. In a final evaluation of British film, she examines the existence of 'other cinemas': film-making which challenges the traditional concept of cinema and operates outside mainstream structures in order to deconstruct and replace classical styles and conventions. Illustrated with over thirty stills from classic British films, British National Cinema provides an accessible and comprehensive exploration of the fascinating development of British cinema.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415384223
(234mm x 156mm x 18mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 13-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Sarah Street
British Colour Cinema, Paperback (May 2013)
Created as a companion volume to a major history of colour in British Cinema (also by Sarah Street), British Colour Cinema is a book based on a series of unique interviews conducted by Sarah Street and Elizabeth I Watkins with practitioners who worked in the UK with Technicolor and/or Eastmancolor during the 1930s-1950s.
Queer Screen, Paperback (May 2007)
Contains articles published in "Screen" between 1990 and 2004, spanning the period during which queer studies and the 'New Queer Cinema' flourished. This work addresses issues of bodies and technologies, as well as reprinting the debate, spanning several issues of the journal, about the 'queer' movie "Boys Don't Cry".
Black Narcissus, Paperback (August 2005)» View all books by Sarah Street
"Black Narcissus" is a landmark film in the canon of Powell and Pressburger. This book draws on archival documents, original set drawings and stills to explore its enduring images of both place and gender. It also demonstrate the film's achievements, both as a production and as a vehicle for ideas exploring issues of technique, style and others.
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Author Biography - Sarah Street
Sarah Street is Professor of Film at the University of Bristol. She is the joint author of Cinema and State (with Margaret Dickinson, 1985) and Film Architecture and the Transnational Imagination: Set Design in 1930s European Cinema (with Tim Bergfelder and Sue Harris, 2007), author of British Cinema in Documents (2000), Costume and Cinema (2001), Transatlantic Crossings: British Feature Films in the USA (2002) and Black Narcissus (2005). She is co-editor of Moving Performance: British Stage and Screen (with Linda Fitzsimmons, 2001), European Cinema (with Jill Forbes, 2001), The Titanic in Myth and Memory (with Tim Bergfelder, 2004) and The Queer Screen Reader (with Jackie Stacey, 2007).
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