<i>Introduction: ‘Two on a Tandem’?</i> Dearden and Relph: Authorship and British Cinema

Alan Burton and Tim O'sullivan

in The Cinema of Basil Dearden and Michael Relph

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780748632893
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671144 | DOI:
Introduction: ‘Two on a Tandem’? Dearden and Relph: Authorship and British Cinema

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Following detailed sections on Biography and Career Notes, this introduction provides an overview of the conventional critical assessment of the work of Dearden and Relph. It argues that until recently, they have often been perceived as exemplars of a rather staid, unimaginative and self-consciously British mix of cinematic entertainment and liberal social comment, and that their reputation has tended to be evaluated solely in the context of their few ‘social problem’ films, to the exclusion of their wider oeuvre. The introduction challenges these views and then outlines the rationale for the organisation of the chapters which follow.

Keywords: Basil Dearden; Michael Relph; British Film Criticism; Post-war British film; James Dearden; Simon Relph

Chapter.  5997 words. 

Subjects: Film

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