Journals Higher Education



Published: 28 February 2006

224 Pages | 11 Illustrations, black & white, 3 Tables, black & white

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719070778

Bookseller Code (06)


Tears of laughter: Comedy-drama in 1990s British cinema

Comedy-drama in 1990s British cinema

Nigel Mather

Published by Manchester University Press

  • One of the first books to critically examine significant developments within British cinema during the 1990s and to explore the interactions of comedy and drama in a number of key films from the period
  • The films selected for extended analysis in the form of case studies include some of the most popular and influential British films of the 1990s and beyond: 'Brassed Off', 'The Full Monty', 'East is East', 'Four Weddings and a Funeral', 'Notting Hill' and 'Love Actually'
  • Discusses these specific films within the generic contexts of community-based regional comedies, British cultural traditions of treating issues of race and ethnicity from a 'comic' perspective, and examples of romantic comedy set and produced in Britain
  • Makes a significant contribution to our understanding and appreciation of an exciting recent period of British cinema, and situates the achievements of the films in their social, cinematic and historical contexts
  • Written in a clear and accessible style which aims to demonstrate that British films are worthy of in-depth analysis, interpretation and evaluation

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