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The critical forest

B. F. Taylor

in The British New Wave

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780719069086
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701218 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719069086.003.0023
The critical forest

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John Schlesinger's 1962 film A Kind of Loving is the subject of this chapter. It addresses the specific criticisms that have been directed towards this film. It considers the concerns over narrative interruption that Andrew Higson has raised in relation to this film. It also addresses the consternation that a particular camera movement found within the film caused Victor Perkins in ‘The British Cinema’. It is believed that this moment of the film's style destroyed the relationship between the décor and the action taking place. Writing in ‘Moments of Choice’, Perkins is keen to point out that editing and camera movements are specific decisions through which the direction of a film can alter viewpoint, character and theme. For him, quite logically, this is part of a broader strategy whereby ‘selection and sequence’ are the keys to altering this viewpoint.

Keywords: John Schlesinger; A Kind of Loving; Andrew Higson; camera movement; décor; The British Cinema

Chapter.  7942 words. 

Subjects: Film

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