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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: British Film Institute (31 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184457511X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844575114
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 2.8 x 27.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,726,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ealing Revisited is a new look at the films and history of Ealing Studios, Britain's best loved film studio

About the Author

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.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wingate on 30 July 2014
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As with most BFI books each chapter is written by a different author.alas as in the case with clashing and contrasting styles.The book starts with the construction of the sound stages and the period of ATP(1930-8) presided over by Basil Dean.However the book concentrates on the reign of Michael Balcon from 1938 till the sale and subsequent demise of Ealing Studios..The most interesting chapter is the one which concentrates on the Michael and Aileen Balcon collection.However the level of excellance is not mainted with a number of dull,boring and strange chapters,in particulary Kind Hearts And Campery:The Ealing Studio Perverts.Furthermore there is a fair amount of duplication.For example 2 separate chapters refer to problems caused by Paul Robeson for the release of The Proud Valley,with the same press clippings referenced.Poor editing here.There is too much writing which is addressed at academics rather than those of us simply interested in reading about British cinema history.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Nelson on 18 Feb. 2014
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No film studio in the world arouses so much affection among cineastes - or at least British cineastes - as Ealing Studios. For something like 20 years, under the benevolent leadership of Sir Michael Balcon, it produced a string of memorable films (and, truth to tell, some less than memorable films) which encapsulated much of the lives of often ordinary people, whether in peacetime or wartime. Although Ealing is remembered nowadays mainly for its somewhat eccentric comedies like 'Kind Hearts and Coronets', 'The Man In The White Suit' and 'The Ladykillers' its some 90 features in all encompassed a wide variety of subjects, from tales of heroism like 'Scott of the Antarctic' to nitty-gritty social dramas like 'It Always Rains On Sunday'. This 'major reappraisal' of Ealing Studios by a number of expert academics offers a detailed and balanced assessment of its contribution to British and, indeed, world cinema. Fortunately many of the films are available on DVD so the legacy can continue to be enjoyed by the studio's devotees.
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