fbus 36 The British Cinema Book (BFI Film Classics) [Paperback] Robert Murphy (Author) 2nd edition 2001, 2003 printing
>>>Publication Date: April 6, 2002 | Series: BFI Film Classics. First published in 1997 and reprinted twice, The British Cinema Book is the most comprehensive overview of the major topics in British Cinema. Representing the progress made in exploring the history of British Cinema, this book provides a definitive account of a dynamic and rapidly growing area in film studies.
Topics covered include British silent cinema in the 1920s, the British studio system, low-budget British films in the 1930s, the British documentary film Movement, male stars and masculinity, women and sixties cinema, melodrama and femininity in World War Two, British Film Censorship, British cinema and Black representation, Celtic traditions in British cinema, the British horror film, the British comedy, British art cinema, avant garde trajectories, and the revival of the British gangster film.
This is a greatly expanded new edition of the well-received survey of British cinema. In addition to twenty-four original chapters there are twelve new contributions. The new chapters greatly extend the coverage of the book, making it the most comprehensive overview of the major topics in British cinema available. The new edition appears in a larger format. <<< Publisher's note.
This book definitely keeps what the editor and the publisher announce: It is indeed comprehensive, and despite three dozen authors, there is little duplication among them, and, on top, very acceptable writing. The project, since its first edition, seems to have achieved what the French very succinctly call "une unité de doctrine", which means a common understanding/approach to (the history and ills of British) film without destroying individual perspectives. This issue is in seven sections from first British cinema 1895-1939 more or less chronologically to last Contemporary British cinema. It reads well, a good job indeed!
fbus 36 The British Cinema Book - 18 June 2012