Romantics and Modernists in British Cinema (Edinburgh Studies in Film)

Romantics and Modernists in British Cinema (Edinburgh Studies in Film)

By: John Orr (author)Hardback

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In a fresh and invigorating look at British cinema that considers film as an art form among other arts, John Orr takes a critical look at the intriguing relationship between romanticism and modernism that has been much neglected in the study of UK cinema and downplayed in the development of Western cinema. Encompassing a broad selection of films, film-makers and debates, this book brings a fresh perspective to how scholars might understand and interrogate the major traditions that have shaped British cinema history. Covering the period between 1929 and the present, this book examines outstanding directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, Carol Reed, Nicholas Roeg, Terence Davies and Bill Douglas, and articulates two genres vital to British cinema - the fugitive film and the trauma film - which bridge the gap between romantic and modern forms. Two detailed chapters also assess the powerful impact of major expatriate directors like Losey, Antonioni, Polanski, Kubrick and Skolimowski on modernism in the 1960s and 1970s. Detailed critical readings explore Blackmail, The Lady Vanishes, Black Narcissus, Odd Man Out, The Passionate Friends, The Innocents, Lawrence of Arabia, The Servant, Blow-Up, A Clockwork Orange, Don't Look Now, The Wicker Man, Moonlighting, the Bill Douglas trilogy and The Long Day Closes. The book concludes with an analysis of the persistence of romantic and modernist forms in the 21st century in two recent prize-winning features, Control and Hunger.

About Author

The late John Orr was Emeritus Professor at the University of Edinburgh and published widely in the areas of modern culture, cinema, theatre and literature. He was also a reviewer for a wide number of periodicals and online journals including Screen, Studies in French Cinema, Film International and Senses of Cinema.


Introduction: Romantics versus Modernists?; 1. 1929: Romantics and Modernists on the Cusp of Sound; 2. The Running Man: Hitchcock's Fugitives and 'The Bourne Ultimatum'; 3. Running Man 2: Carol Reed and his Contemporaries; 4. David Lean: The Troubled Romantic and The End of Empire; 5. The Trauma Film from Romantic to Modern: 'A Matter of Life and Death' to 'Don't Look Now'; 6. Losey and Antonioni: The Expatriate Eye and the Parallax View; 7. Expatriate Eye 2: Kubrick and Skolimowski; 8. Terence Davies and Bill Douglas: The Poetics of Memory; Conclusion: Into the New Century; Bibliography.

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  • ISBN13: 9780748640140
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 208
  • ID: 9780748640140
  • weight: 458
  • ISBN10: 0748640142

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