This is a revised and expanded edition of the classic book on film history. The authors examine how aspects of British society are reflected in and shaped by cinema. Films studied include, among others, Sanders of the River, A Canterbury Tale, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, The Guinea Pig, The Blue Lamp, The Ladykillers, I'm All Right Jack, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, If . . ., and Scandal.
- Feature films and the historian;
- the sun never sets - "Sanders of the River";
- the age of consensus - "South Riding";
- why we fight - "A Canterbury Tale";
- what a difference a war makes - "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp";
- lest we forget - "Fame is the Spur";
- old school ties -"The Guinea Pig";
- the thin blue line - "The Blue Lamp";
- cul-de-sac England - "The Ladykillers";
- vicious circles - "I'm All Right Jack";
- new waves, old waves and the censors - "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner";
- the revolt of the young - "If...";
- remembrance of times past - "Scandal";
Jeffrey Richards is Professor of Cultural History at Lancaster University and General Editor of the Cinema and Society series. Anthony Aldgate is Reader in Film and History at the Open University.
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.
Series: Cinema and SocietyPaperback
Publication Date: 06 Mar 1999
Number of Pages: 256
Illustrations: b&w illustrations, filmography, index