Ethical Dilemmas

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:
Ethical Dilemmas

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In many of their films Dearden and Relph sought to dramatise ethical dilemmas and contradictions which they identified as characteristic of post-war British society. This chapter explores four films, emotional melodramas which focus on characters confronting acute ethical and moral issues. The films deal with nationalism and post-war identity, the politics of terrorism, the limits to religious faith and belief and the ethics of ‘brainwashing’ and modern psychology.

Keywords: Basil Dearden; Michael Relph; Ethical melodramas; Anglo-German post-war relations; Irish Nationalism; Fundamental religious belief; ‘Brainwashing’

Chapter.  16679 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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