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The Man Who Got Carter: Michael Klinger, Independent Production and the British Film Industry, 1960-1980

The Man Who Got Carter: Michael Klinger, Independent Production and the British Film Industry, 1960-1980
Professor Andrew Spicer, A. T. McKenna

Foreword by: Mike Hodges

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Michael Klinger was the most successful indpendent producer in the British film industry over a 20 year period from 1960 to 1980, responsible for 32 films, including classics such as Repulsion (1965) and Get Carter (1971). Despite working with many famous figures- including actors Michael Caine, Peter Finch, Lee Marvin, Roger Moore, Mickey Rooney and Susannah York; directors Claude Chabrol,Mike Hodges and Roman Polanski and author Wilbur Smith- Klinger's contribution to British cinema has been almost largely ignored. This definitive book on Micheal Klinger, largely based on his previously unseen personal papers, examines his origins in Sixties Soho 'sexploitation' cinema and 'shockumentaries' through to major international productions including Gold (1974) and Shout at the Devil (1976). It reveals how Klinger deftly combined commercial product-the hugely popular 'Confessions' series (1974-78)- with artistic, experimental cinema that nurtured young talent, including Polanski and Hodges, Peter Colinson, Alastair Reid, Linda Hayden and Moshe Mizrahi, the Israeli director of Rachel's Man (1975).

Klinger's career is contextualised through a reassessment of the British film industry during a period of unprecedented change and volatility as well as highlighting the importance of his Jewishness. The Man Who Got Carter offers a detailed analysis of the essential but often misunderstood role played by the producer.

Author Info

Andrew Spicer is Reader in Cultural History in the Department of Creative Industries at the University of West England where he is Director of Research. He is the author of Film Noir (2002), Typical Men: The Representation of Masculinity in Popular British Cinema (2003), Sydney Box (2006) and the Historical Dictionary of Film Noir (2010). He has edited Sydney Box's autobiography, European Film Noir (2007) and co-edited A Companion to Film Noir (2013). He led an AHRC funded project to catalogue and interpret the Michael Klinger papers housed at the University of West England, part of a wider investigation into the changing role of the film producer. A.T. McKena was Research Associate in the Department of Creative Industries at the University of West England and now teaches Media and International Communications at the University of Nottingham in Ningbo, China. His work has appeared in journals that include Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Journal of British Cinema and Television and Journal of Popular Cinema. He is currently writing a book about Joseph E. Levine for the University of Kentucky.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.
Series: International Library of the Moving Image

Hardback
ISBN: 9781780762821
Publication Date: 29 Sep 2013
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 234
Width: 156
Illustrations: illustrations

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