The Finest Years
British Cinema of the 1940's
By (author) Charles Drazin
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Finest Years by Charles Drazin
Book DescriptionThe British cinema during the 1940s was enjoying an unlikely renaissance. During the Second World War and its aftermath, filmmakers were finding a new freedom to reflect the national mood, producing works of unparalleled ambition and boldness. Films like "Henry V", "Brief Encounter", "The Red Shoes" and "The Third Man" have become enduring classics of British and world cinema.Now in paperback and with a new Preface, "The Finest Years" chronicles these seminal years for British cinema through the characters and aspirations of some of its leading personalities. Drawing on extensive interviews and original research, it brings to life the atmosphere, ambience and connections of a unique film-making community. It offers a critical but sympathetic, fresh view of well-known individuals such as Carol Reed, David Lean and Michael Balcon. It also introduces readers to some lesser known, equally significant figures, including the flamboyant Italian impresario Filippo Del Giudice, and Robert Hamer, the maverick director of the Ealing comedy masterpiece Kind Hearts and Coronets. Charles Drazin demonstrates with affection and erudition how all of these and many more fine talents made the 1940s British cinema's renaissance years.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845114114
(234mm x 156mm x 23mm)
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Publish Date: 29-Aug-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Mapping the Past, Paperback (April 2017)
The author knew little about his mother's father - only that he had been a military surveyor who mapped great swathes of the British Empire. This is the story of five brothers who, mapping the world, lived up to the Royal Engineers' motto of Everywhere. It is the story of Ireland, and of the Empire from which it broke away.
Korda, Paperback (May 2011)
This gripping biography tells how with extraordinary ambition, enterprise and showmanship, Alexander Korda established in Britain a film industry that rivalled Hollywood, built Europe's biggest studio, and created world-class stars, including Charles Laughton and Vivien Leigh.
Man Who Outshone the Sun King, Paperback (March 2009)
In 1664, the musketeer D'Artagnan rode beside a heavily-armoured carriage as it rumbled slowly southwards from Paris, carrying his great friend Nicolas Foucquet to internal exile and life imprisonment in the fortress of Pignerol. There he would be incarcerated in a cell next door to the Man with the Iron Mask.
Faber Book of French Cinema, Hardback (June 2006)» View all books by Charles Drazin
Looks at the extraordinary resilience of the French film industry during the Second World War when, in spite of the national catastrophe of defeat and occupation, it was still able to produce such classics as "Le Corbeau" and "Les Enfants du Paradis". This title also looks at the seminal impact of the New Wave of film-makers.
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Author Biography - Charles Drazin
Charles Drazin's other books include In Search of The Third Man and Korda: Britain's Only Movie Mogul. He is currently writing The Faber History of the French Cinema and lectures on film at Queen Mary, University of London
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