Re-Viewing British Cinema, 1900-1992

Essays and Interviews

Edited by Wheeler Winston Dixon

Subjects: Film Studies
Paperback : 9780791418628, 304 pages, July 1994
Hardcover : 9780791418611, 304 pages, July 1994

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Table of contents


1. Introduction: Re-Viewing the British Cinema
Wheeler Winston Dixon

2. Frederic Villiers: War Correspondent
Stephen Bottomore

3. British Filmmaking in the 1930s and 1940s: The Example of Brian Desmond Hurst
Brian McIlroy

4. The Doubled Image: Montgomery Tully's Boys in Brown and the Independent Frame Process
Wheeler Winston Dixon

5. Lance Comfort, Lawrence Huntington, and the British Program Feature Film
Brian McFarlane

6. Re-constructing the Nation: This Happy Breed
Andrew Higson

7. The Demi-Paradise and Images of Class in British Wartime Films
Neil Rattigan

8. The Repressed Fantastic in Passport to Pimlico
Tony Williams

9. Revision to Reproduction: Myth and Its Author in The Red Shoes
Cynthia Young

10. The Tension of Genre: Wendy Toye and Muriel Box
Caroline Merz

11. An Interview with Wendy Toye
Wheeler Winston Dixon

12. The Last Gasp of the Middle Class: British War Films of the 1950s
Neil Rattigan

13. Evidence for a British Film Noir Cycle
Laurence Miller

14. The Tradition of Independence: An Interview with Lindsay Anderson
Lester Friedman and Scott Stewart

15. The Sight of Difference
Ilsa J. Bick

16. Twilight of the Monsters: The English Horror Film 1968-1975
David Sanjek

17. Re-Viewing the Losey-Pinter Go-Between
Edward T. Jones

18. Keeping His Own Voice: An Interview with Stephen Frears
Lester Friedman and Scott Stewart

19. The Politics of Irony: The Frears-Kureishi Films
Leonard Quart

20. The Long Day Closes: An Interview with Terence Davies
Wheeler Winston Dixon

Notes on Contributors




Re-Viewing British Cinema, 1900–1992 is a collection of essays on British cinema history and practice. It offers both the casual reader and the film scholar a different view of British filmmaking during the past century. Arranged in chronological order, the book explores those areas of British cinema that have not been fully examined in other works and also offers fresh interpretations of a number of classic films. From the work of Frederic Villiers, the pioneering British newsreel cameraman who at the turn of the century brought home images of battlefield carnage, to essays on the British "B" film and the long-forgotten "Independent Frame" method of film production, to new readings of classics such as The Red Shoes, Passport to Pimlico, and Peeping Tom, the authors offer a look behind the scenes of the British film industry and engage the reader in some of the most compelling interpretational and historical issues of recent film history and critical theory.

In addition, the volume contains a number of interviews with such key directors as Stephen Frears, Terence Davies, Wendy Toye, and Lindsay Anderson and also pays particular attention to the work of early twentieth-century British feminist filmmakers whose films have often been ignored by conventional film theory and history. It also offers new material on the British "film noir," the English horror film, and the pioneering gay director Brian Desmond Hurst. Taken as a whole, this book presents an entirely new series of viewpoints on British film practice, theory, and reception and affords a fresh and vibrant view of the British film medium.

Wheeler Winston Dixon is Chairperson of the Film Studies Program at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. His most recent book is The Early Film Criticism of Francois Truffaut.


"Rarely have I read an anthology in which all of the essays are so uniformly excellent, especially so consistently well written. Indeed, many of the essays read as if they spring from the same voice—an important part of the pleasure of this work. There has been a veritable boom in the U. S. and Britain recently of scholarship on the British cinema; this work will take its place at the top of this growing list. " — David Desser, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"Excellent scholarship and a range of topic areas that is extraordinary: this book is a revelation. Many of the contributions break new ground: others revisit the known with fresh perspectives. An important, fascinating book—it will redefine the study of British cinema. " — Brian Henderson, State University of New York at Buffalo