Dramas of Masculine Adjustment II: Men in Action

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:
Dramas of Masculine Adjustment II: Men in Action

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By comparison with those films based around the tragic male melodrama, this chapter investigates a small number of films that Dearden and Relph made in the 1950s which examined men's adjustment to the loss of (war-time) action. These films seek to recreate aspects of male solidarity, purpose and experience, but within changed, peace-time circumstances. Crime and criminality is often the result, but it is ultimately shown not to pay.

Keywords: Basil Dearden; Michael Relph; British post-war film; Masculinity; Crime

Chapter.  15347 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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