Ealing Revisited provides a major reappraisal of one of British cinema's best-loved institutions, Ealing Studios.
During its heyday, Ealing produced a string of classic comedies, including Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) and The Ladykillers (1955), but there is much more to Ealing than these films, as this volume of new writing on the studio shows.
Addressing both known and less familiar aspects of Ealing's story, its films, actors and technicians, the contributors uncover what has gone unexplored, or unspoken, in previous histories of the studio, and consider the impact that Ealing has had on British cultural life from the 1930s to the present.
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MARK DUGUID is a senior curator at the BFI National Archive. He is the author of the BFI TV Classic on Cracker (2009). MELANIE WILLIAMS is Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia, UK. She is the author of Prisoners of Gender: Women in the Films of J. Lee Thompson (2009), and a co-editor of British Women's Cinema (2009). KEITH M. JOHNSTON is Senior Lecturer in Film & Television at the University of East Anglia, UK. He is the author of Coming Soon: Film Trailers and the Selling of Hollywood Technology (2009) and Science Fiction Film: A Critical Introduction (2011). LEE FREEMAN is a PhD Student in Ealing Studios at the University of Hull, UK.
Acknowledgments.- Notes on Contributors.- Introduction: Revisiting Ealing.- 1 A Lad, a Lass and the Loch Ness Monster: The Pre-History of Ealing Steve Chibnall.- 2 Inside Ealing: The Evidence of the Aileen and Michael Balcon Collection Janet Moat.- 3 Pen Tennyson: Balcon's Golden Boy Martin Carter.- 4 The People's War: The Making of Ealing Andrew Roberts.- 5 From Tinsel to Realism and Back Again: Balcon, Ealing and Documentary Mark Duguid and Catherine McGahan.- 6 'Mild Revolution'?: Ealing Studios and the Political and Social Consensus Lee Freeman.- 7 Dark Shadows Around Ealing Robert Murphy.- 8 Selling Ealing Nathalie Morris.- 9 Georges Auric: Ealing's French Dressing Geoff Brown.- 10 Anthony Mendleson: Ealing's Wardrobe Wizard Catherine A. Surowiec.- 11 Kind Hearts and Campery: The Ealing Family Perverts Andrew Moor.- 12 That Ealing Feeling: 'Ealing Comedies' and Comedies 'made at Ealing' Tim O'Sullivan.- 13 Ambiguity and Achievement: Alec Guinness's Ealing Performances James Walters.- 14 Children of Ealing Colin Sell.- 15 Ealing's Australian Adventure Stephen Morgan.- 16 'Who'll pay for reality?': Ealing, Dreams and Fantasy Josephine Botting.- 17 A Feminine Touch? Ealing's Women Melanie Williams.- 18 'A riot of all the colours in the rainbow': Ealing Studios in Colour Keith M. Johnston.- 19 Against the Grain: Kenneth Tynan at Ealing Charles Barr.- 20 The Legacy of Ealing Dylan Cave.- Notes.- Michael Balcon's Ealing Studios: A Filmography.- Index.