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British National Cinema

British National Cinema

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British National Cinema
With films as diverse as
Bhaji on the Beach
,
The Dam Busters
,
Trainspotting
,
TheDraughtsman’s Contract 
,
Prick Up Your Ears
,
Ratcatcher 
,
This Is England
and
  Atonement 
, British cinema has produced wide-ranging notions of British culture,identity and nationhood.
British National Cinema
is a comprehensive introductionto the British film industry within an economic, political and social context.Describing the development of the British film industry, from the Lumièrebrothers’ first screening in London in 1896 through to the dominance of Hollywoodand the severe financial crises which affected Goldcrest, Handmade Films andPalace Pictures in the late 1980s and 1990s, and the formation of the UK FilmCouncil, Sarah Street explores the relationship between British cinema and Britishsociety. Using the notions of ‘official’ and ‘unofficial’ cinema, the author demon-strates how British cinema has been both ‘respectable’ and ‘disreputable’ accordingto the prevailing notions of what constitutes good cinema. This expanded and fullyrevised second edition includes a new chapter on contemporary British cinema, aswell as selective references to recent scholarship on British film.
British National Cinema
analyses the politics of film and establishes the difficultcontext within which British producers and directors have worked. Sarah Streetquestions why British film-making, production and distribution have always beensubject to government apathy and financial stringency. In a comparison of Britainand Hollywood, the author asks to what extent there was a ‘star system’ in Britainand what was its real historical and social function. An examination of genres associ-ated with British film, such as Ealing comedies, Hammer horror, ‘heritage’ films andhybrid forms, confirms the eclectic nature of British cinema. In a final evaluation of British film, she examines the existence of ‘other cinemas’: film-making which chal-lenges the traditional concept of cinema and operates outside mainstream structuresin order to deconstruct and replace classical styles and conventions.Illustrated with over thirty stills from classic British films,
British National Cinema
provides an accessible and comprehensive exploration of the fascinatingdevelopment of British cinema.
Sarah Street
is Professor of Film at the University of Bristol. She is the joint authorof 
Cinema and State
(with Margaret Dickinson, 1985) and
Film Architecture andthe Transnational Imagination: Set Design in 1930s European Cinema
(with TimBergfelder and Sue Harris, 2007), author of 
British Cinema in Documents
(2000),
Costume and Cinema
(2001),
Transatlantic Crossings: British Feature Films in theUSA
(2002) and
Black Narcissus
(2005). She is co-editor of 
Moving Performance:British Stage and Screen
(with Linda Fitzsimmons, 2001),
European Cinema
(withJill Forbes, 2001),
The Titanic in Myth and Memory
(with Tim Bergfelder, 2004) and
The Queer Screen Reader 
(with Jackie Stacey, 2007).
 
National Cinemas
Series editor: Susan Hayward
 Australian National Cinema
Tom O’Regan
British National Cinema
Sarah Street 
Canadian National Cinema
Chris Gittings
French National Cinema
Second Edition
Susan Hayward 
German National Cinema
Sabine Hake
Italian National Cinema1896–1996
Pierre Sorlin
Nordic National Cinemas
Tytti Soila, Astrid SöderberghWidding and Gunnar Iversen
Spanish National Cinema
Núria Triana-Toribio
Irish National Cinema
Ruth Barton
Chinese National Cinema
Yingjin Zhang
Mexican National Cinema
 Andrea Noble
Brazilian National Cinema
Lisa Shaw and Stephanie Dennison
German National Cinema
Second Edition
Sabine Hake
South African National Cinema
 Jacqueline Maingard 
British National Cinema
Second Edition
Sarah Street 

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