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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

A Mirror for England

British Movies from Austerity to Affluence

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9781844574537
Publication Date December 2011
Formats Paperback 
Publisher British Film Institute
Series BFI Silver

Raymond Durgnat'sclassic study of how themiddle-class view of life as expressed in British cinema transformed our understanding of British films and also opened some disturbing new insights into a national character by whose enigmas and contradictions we have so long been fascinated. Includes a newforeword by Kevin Gough-Yates.

RAYMOND DURGNAT (1932–2002) was the author of many groundbreaking books about the cinema, among them Films and Feelings (1967), Sexual Alienation in the Cinema (1972), The Strange Case of Alfred Hitchcock and Jean Renoir (both 1974), a study of WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1999) in the BFI Film Classics series, and A Long Hard Look at Psycho (2002), a second edition of which has also published in the BFI Silver series.

KEVIN GOUGH-YATES Film historian. He is considered the authority on European film-makers in Britain and has written extensively about them. His published interviews and retrospectives in the early 1970s were the first to bring the work of the British director Michael Powell to wider critical attention.

Foreword to the 2nd Edition KEVIN GOUGH-YATES
Introduction
Where We Come In
When is a British Film a British Film?
Meaning Cut Meaning
Critic: Judge or Accomplice?
PART I: THE STATE OF THE NATION
The British Constitution
Good Irresolutions
Trouble at t'Mill
PART II: CROSS SECTIONS
The Nine Lives of Colonel Blimp
Pigs in the Middle
Journey to the Edges of the Working-Class
Odds and Bods
PART III: POINTS OF VIEW
Left, Right and Centre
And so, as the Sun Sets slowly, We Bid Adieu
Tunes of Bogey
Gangrene—British Style
Standing up for Jesus
Bloody Foreigners
PART IV: OUR GLORIOUS HERITAGE
History is Bunk
The Impotence of Being Earnest
The Doctored Documentary
PART V: THE AGE OF ACQUIESCENCE
System as Stalemate
Dance to your Daddy
Stresses and Strains
My Famous Last Word is my Bond
God Bless Captain Vere
Hard Conscience and Nonconformity
The Glum and the Guilty
Laugh and Lie Down
Love in a Damp Climate
The Lukewarm Life
PART VI: ROMANTICS AND MORALISTS
Between Two Worlds
A Gothic Revival
Terence Coloured
Shammerteurism
Flesh and Fantasy
The English Moralists
Have Scalpels—Will Travel
Suspended Animation
Lists
References
Bibliography
Filmography
Index

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