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British Cinema: A Very Short Introduction

Charles Barr

June 2022

ISBN: 9780199688333

144 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

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British Cinema: A Very Short Introduction explores the history of cinema in Britain, and considers what has made its films and techniques distinctive, especially in the context of British relations with America. Ranging across the 20th century, Barr's account looks at key British films and filmmakers within this context.

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British Cinema: A Very Short Introduction explores the history of cinema in Britain, and considers what has made its films and techniques distinctive, especially in the context of British relations with America. Ranging across the 20th century, Barr's account looks at key British films and filmmakers within this context.

  • Considers the whole of of British Cinema and explains its place in the world of filmmaking
  • Analyses the influence of key figures in the history of British cinema, particularly Alfred Hitchcock
  • Describes the varying reputation that British Cinema has had around the world
  • Considers the impact of television, and the future of British cinema
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Charles Barr, Emeritus Professor, University of East Anglia, Norwich

Charles Barr worked for many years at the University of East Anglia, helping to develop one of the first UK programmes in Film Studies at graduate and undergraduate level. He has since taught in St Louis, Galway and Dublin, and is currently a Research Fellow at St Mary's University, Twickenham. Much of his published work has been on British Cinema, including books on Ealing Studios (1977) and English Hitchcock (1999), and he was co-writer, with director Stephen Frears, of Typically British, part of the centenary history of cinema broadcast on Channel 4 in 1995. He has continued writing on Hitchcock, with a study of Vertigo in the BFI Classics series (new edition, 2012) and Hitchcock: Lost and Found, co-authored with the Parisian scholar Alain Kerzoncuf.

Table of Contents

    1:What is British Cinema?
    2:Accounting for Hitchcock
    3:Ups and Downs
    4:Finest Hour
    5:The TV Generations
    6:What Now?
    Further Reading
    Index