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British Film Institute

Annette Kuhn and Guy Westwell.

in A Dictionary of Film Studies

January 2012; p ublished online December 2012 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Film. 429 words.

A government-subsidized charitable organization set up in 1933 (gaining a royal charter in 1983) to promote British film and

British Film Directors

Robert Shail.

October 2007; p ublished online September 2012 .

Book. Subjects: Film. 256 pages.

British national cinema has produced an exceptional track record of innovative, creative and internationally recognised filmmakers, amongst them Alfred Hitchcock, Michael Powell and David...

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Rob Roy: Britain’s First Feature Film

Caroline Merz.

in Early Cinema in Scotland

February 2018; p ublished online September 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Film. 7686 words.

What was the potential for the development of a Scottish film industry? Current histories largely ignore the contribution of Scotland to British film production, focusing on a few amateur...

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British films of the 1970s

Paul Newland.

May 2013; p ublished online May 2013 .

Book. Subjects: Film. 256 pages.

British Films of the 1970s offers fresh critical insights into a diverse range of films including Carry On Girls, O Lucky Man!, Radio On, Winstanley, Cromwell, Akenfield,...

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British Rural Landscapes on Film

Edited by Paul Newland.

August 2016; p ublished online January 2017 .

Book. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies. 224 pages.

British Rural Landscapes on Film offers wide-ranging critical insights into ways in which rural areas in Britain have been represented on film, from the silent era, through...

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British film production and the horror genre

Johnny Walker.

in Contemporary British Horror Cinema

December 2015; p ublished online May 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Film. 12046 words.

Chapter 2 contemplates why British horror was revived at the dawning of the new millennium, and also considers some of the reasons why British horror films produced in the 2000s and 2010s...

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The Race Relations Narrative in British Film

Amanda Bidnall.

in West Indian Generation

November 2017; p ublished online January 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945). 18996 words.

“West Indians and the Race Relations Narrative in British Film” revisits perhaps the three most famous middlebrow British “race relations” films of the 1950s and 60s and their star lead,...

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Introduction: approaching British rural landscapes on film

Paul Newland.

in British Rural Landscapes on Film

August 2016; p ublished online January 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies. 10495 words.

This introduction offers a survey of the study of rural landscapes across the visual arts, asking questions such as ‘what might make a British rural landscape cinematic’. It engages with...

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Film and Video Censorship in Contemporary Britain

Julian Petley.

May 2011; p ublished online September 2012 .

Book. Subjects: Film. 240 pages.

How does film and video censorship operate in Britain? Why does it exist? And is it too strict? Starting in 1979, the birth of the domestic video industry — and the first year of the...

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British naval films and the documentary feature

Jonathan Rayner.

in The Naval War Film

March 2007; p ublished online July 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Film. 9799 words.

The documentary and propagandist emphases result in distinctive national modifiers to the accepted conventions of the war film. In British wartime filmmaking, the recognition of differences...

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Soviet Films and British Intelligence in the 1930s

James Smith.

in Russia in Britain, 1880-1940

September 2013; p ublished online January 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards); Literary Studies (19th Century). 9106 words.

This chapter, drawing on intelligence files declassified in 2006, considers the involvement of Britain’s Security Service, MI5, in monitoring the circulation of Soviet films in Britain in...

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Framing the Atmospheric Film Prologue in Britain, 1919–1926

Julie Brown.

in The Sounds of the Silents in Britain

December 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music. 9748 words.

In the late 1910s and 1920s, film prologues were often dramatic and/or musical performances presented live on stage immediately before a feature film. Directly related to the feature and...

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Cinema Mon Amour: How British Poetry Fell In Love With Film

Sophie Mayer.

in The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry

September 2013; p ublished online December 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Literature; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards); Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets). 9013 words.

‘Cinema Mon Amour’ examines the shift from T. S. Eliot’s rejection of cinema to contemporary poets’ engagement with it as object of desire, related to increasing cine-literacy, the...

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Post-war films 1 – genre and British cinema

Tom Ryall.

in Anthony Asquith

April 2011; p ublished online July 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Film. 11340 words.

This chapter sheds light on the post-war British film industry and the turn Asquith's career took during these times. He was well established as one of the British cinema's leading...

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Animating the Audience: Singalong Films in Britain in the 1920s

Malcolm Cook.

in The Sounds of the Silents in Britain

December 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Popular Music. 8033 words.

This chapter examines the brief but vigorous popularity of singalong films in Britain in the mid-1920s. This alternate sonic practice utilized an animated “bouncing ball” or similar device...

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Post-war British naval films and the service comedy

Jonathan Rayner.

in The Naval War Film

March 2007; p ublished online July 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Film. 11422 words.

In the 1950s, British war films became some of the most successful national film products. They entered the national consciousness as the common frame of reference on the conflict,...

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British landscapes in pre-Second World War film publicity

Paul Moody.

in British Rural Landscapes on Film

August 2016; p ublished online January 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies. 4988 words.

A romanticised concept of pastoral life was widely established in British culture by the start of the twentieth century, having been popularised by, amongst others, the pre-Raphaelites as...

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Contested territory: American film spectatorship, colonial mimicry and British Empire

Beth Corzo-Duchardt.

in Screen

December 2015; p ublished online January 2016 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Film; Television. 6527 words.

This essay examines an account of cinema spectatorship in 1920s Jamaica as relayed by a British librarian's treatise advocating for the extended use of film in education. He details how...

The Film Industry in Twentieth Century Britain: Consumption Patterns, Government Regulation, and Firm Strategy

Peter Miskell.

in Business in Britain in the Twentieth Century

August 2009; p ublished online September 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Business History. 12314 words.

Does the history of the British film industry constitute a story of decline, or of renaissance? It is certainly possible to cast it as a tale of decline. By focussing on the operation of...

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A Film-progressive Nation: The Social Denmark Series and the British Documentary Movement

C. Claire Thomson.

in Short Films from a Small Nation

February 2018; p ublished online September 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Film. 9607 words.

In the immediate post-WWII period, Danish documentary filmmaking was recognised overseas as productive and of high quality. This chapter tells the story of a collaboration between...

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