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Transatlantic Crossings: British Feature Films in the USA (Rethinking British cinema) [Hardcover]

Sarah Street

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1 Jun 2002 0826413951 978-0826413956 1st Edition
This is the first major study of the distribution and exhibition of British films in the USA. Charting the cross-cultural reception of many British films, Sarah Street draws on a wide range of sources including studio records, film posters, press books and statistics. While the relative strength of Hollywood made it difficult for films which crossed the Atlantic, Street's research demonstrates that some strategies were more successful than others. She considers which British films made an impact and analyses conditions that facilitated a positive reception from critics, censors, exhibitors and audiences. Case studies include "Nell Gwyn" (1926), "The Private Life of Henry VIII" (1933), "The Ghost Goes West" (1935), "Henry V" (1946), "Black Narcissus" (1947), "The Red Shoes" (1948), Ealing comedies, "The Horror of Dracula" (1958), "Tom Jones" (1963), "A Hard Day's Night" (1964), "Goldfinger" (1964), "The Remains of the Day" (1993), "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (1994) and "Trainspotting" (1996). Against a background of the economic history of the British and Hollywood film industries, this book considers the many questions surrounding the history of British films in the USA, their relevance to wider issues of Anglo-American relations and to notions of "Britishness" on screen.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.; 1st Edition edition (1 Jun 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826413951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826413956
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,515,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Street] negotiates her way through the complexities of financial deals, censorship, publicity, reviews, and box office figures extremely well...The book is groundbreaking and nearly comprehensive...Highly recommended. All collections."
Choice, March 2003

About the Author

Sarah Street is Reader in Screen Studies at the University of Bristol. She is an editor of the Journal of British Cinema and of Screen.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A simply fascinating and well documented history 8 Oct 2002
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Transatlantic Crossings: Rethinking British Cinema by Sarah Street (Reader in Screen Studies, University of Bristol, England), is a meticulously researched and scholarly study of the distribution and showing of British films in America, from the 1920s to the present day. From the hurdles filmmakers had to leap in order to compete with the allure of Hollywood, to case studies of breakout successful favorites such as "Goldfinger" and "Four Weddings and a Funeral", Transatlantic Crossings is a simply fascinating and well documented history which is very highly recommended for film buffs and students of American/British cinematic history. Transatlantic Crossings is also available in hardcover.
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