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2.0 out of 5 stars BFI you must do better than this !, 28 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Empire and Film (Cultural Histories of Cinema) (Paperback)
It sounds an interesting topic and I was looking forward to reading this book until I saw some of the chapter headings.For example "Colonialism,Visuality and The Cinema...".Then what about "Representing Connection:A multimedia approach to colonial film.There are more of the same which make this book boring,uninteligible and full of the dreaded acadamese,known only to academics.When you do get a chapter on an interesting topic such as the 1930s the author manages to make a mess of it.So in Chapter 10 the author describes in detail "The Sun Never Sets" without mentioning that this was made by Universal in Hollywood.She reasons that the main character is named Clive Randolph as a reference to Robert Clive and Winston Churchill'father Randolph.She also refers to "Drums" when the title of the film is The Drum.
In a chapter on Paul Robeson the author constantly refers ,incorrectly to British Gaumont instead of Gaumont BritishAs if that was not enough the print is far too small and crammed on to the page.Quite frankly it is a disgrace that the BFI cannot publish books which are accessible to all of us.
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Empire and Film (Cultural Histories of Cinema)
Empire and Film (Cultural Histories of Cinema) by Dr Lee Grieveson (Paperback - 18 Oct. 2011)
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