Charlotte Brunsdon's illuminating study explores the diverse cinematic 'Londons' that appear in films made since 1945. Brunsdon traces the ways in which film-makers show that a film is set in London - by use of familiar landmarks and the city's shorthand iconography of red buses and black taxis, and the recurring patterns of representation associated with films set in the East and West Ends of London, from Mona Lisa to It Always Rains on Sundays. London's transformation from imperial capital to global city is traced through the different ways in which the local is imagined, as well as through the shifting imagery of the River Thames and the Docks. Challenging the view that London is not a particularly cinematic city, Brunsdon demonstrates that many London-set films offer their own meditation on the complex relationships between the cinema and the city.
Charlotte Brunsdon is Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick. She is the author of "The Feminist, the Housewife and the Soap Opera" (OUP 2000) and "Screen Tastes" (Routledge 1997).
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