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This book offers a startling re-evaluation of what has until now been seen as the most critically lacklustre period of the British film history. It includes fresh assessment of maverick directors; Pat Jackson, Robert Hamer and Joseph Losey, and even of a maverick critic Raymond Durgnat. The book features personal insights from those inidividually implicated in 1950s cinema; Corin Redgrave on Michael Redgrave, Isabel Quigly on film reviewing, and Bryony Dixon of the BFI on archiving and preservation. A classic image from 1950s British cinema would be Jack Hawkins in The Cruel Sea, the epitome of quiet English integrity. Raymond Durgnat's A Mirror for England: British Movies from Austerity to Affluence, which deals extensively with British films of the 1950s, was written in the mid-1960s and was published in 1970. In a 1947 article called 'Angles of Approach' Lindsay Anderson delivered a fierce attack on contemporary British film culture, outlining a model for a devoted politics of creation, well in line with what we would later understand as auteurism and art cinema aesthetics . The war films of the 1950s together constitute the assented-to record of the emotions and moral judgments called upon to set in order those disorderly events. The book also talks about the Festival of Britain, White Corridors, and four Hamer's post-Ealing films: The Spider and the Fly, The Long Memory, Father Brown and The Scapegoat. A number of factors have contributed to the relative neglect of the 1950s as a decade in British cinema history.

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). The threat of censorship during this period forced filmmakers to make decisions about which science to include or remove, based on reasons that had nothing to do with artistic merit, as they anticipated censure. The censors’ sense of moral certainty did not require them to even understand the science upon which they were passing judgement. Ultimately, the PCA and the Legion of Decency began to lose their influence in the 1960s owing to broader cultural changes, including 3  All information in this chapter on the PMPC comes from the individual film reviews in the

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left indelible filmgoing memories: of a cinema within walking distance of seemingly everyone’s home, of copies of Picturegoer and the ABC Film Review , of usherettes, and choc ices before the main feature, of continuous programmes that permitted you to stay in the cinema all day and see the main feature more than once, of the undignified scramble at the end to get out before

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brought in to comment on our work, but by leaving out race from his language entirely he had absolutely no tools to assess what we were doing or aiming at. As guests quite literally consecrated their time to persuade us that they were not racists, we ended up with their emotional residues. AFFECTIVE INDIGESTION/​I NDIGESTIBLE EMOTIONS The emotions evoked by the Fusion Programme recall bell hooks’s description of writing a film review: That will … to write, to put other things aside to write, to sit at my computer and key in the Beasts of the Southern Wild piece while I

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, ‘British Film Makers’, published by Manchester University Press. I grew up in the 1950s and my love of cinema dates from a childhood which left indelible filmgoing memories: of a cinema within walking distance of seemingly everyone’s home, of copies of Picturegoer and the ABC Film Review , of usherettes, and choc ices before the main feature, of continuous programmes that

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the very outset as a literary work, even down to the manner in which basic information relating to it was presented in film reviews. With hindsight, the few lines on Film which appeared, in April 1965, in the aptly titled Movie, seem to prefigure the destiny of the short film in what thus becomes a rather striking metaphor: ‘As far as production is concerned, the New York scene is zero. There was some publicity recently concerning a Becket film starring Buster Keaton. Some footage was taken, but there is no trace of a finished film.’15 Nothing is happening in New

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SHC, box 51, reviews, film review, Evening Star (Washington), 24 June 1954. SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY Ahmed , Ali , ‘Political change, 1874–1960’, in Brij Lal (ed.), Politics in Fiji ( Sydney : Allen and Unwin , 1986 ). Aitken , Ian , Film and Reform: John Grierson and the Documentary Film Movement ( London and New

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-​1, I-​PF. 21 U Turn Post Production folder, Early Project (Nixon/​U Turn) Box 80,  I-​PF. 22 Todd McCarthy, ‘Review: U Turn –​Stone Rolls in New Direction with “U Turn” ’, Variety (1 September 1997). Available at http://​variety.com/​1997/​film/​reviews/​u-​turn-​stone-​rolls-​in-​new-​direction-​ with-​u-​turn-​1200451234/​ (accessed 7 December 2015). 23 Maslin, ‘U Turn (1997): A Darker Shade of Noir’. 24 Ebert, ‘U Turn’. 25 Eric Bryant Rhodes, ‘Untitled Review’, Film Quarterly, 52, 2, 1998, 44–​9. 26 William Glaberson, ‘Killer in “Megan” Case Is Sentenced

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beings are not to be disappointed, if the world of which we dream is to be achieved, even in part, then today, not tomorrow, the United Nations must become a common council, not only for the winning of the war but for the future welfare of mankind’. 13 Popular cinema was a powerful means with which to promulgate and promote this view: indeed, in 1945, Dorothy B. Jones, former head of the Film Reviewing and Analysis Section of the

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.1328634931.1311780894 (accessed 7 December 2015). 67 Stvetkey, ‘First Look: “W” ’. 68 Todd McCarthy, ‘Review: “W.”’, Variety (7 October 2008). Available at http://​variety.com/​2008/​film/​reviews/​w-​3-​1200471810/​ (accessed 7 December 2015). 69 Tad Friend, ‘The Cobra’, New Yorker (19 January 2009), pp. 41–​9. 70 Oliver Stone, The Rachel Maddow Show, NSNBC (14 October 2008). Available at http://​nbcnews.com/​id/​27196799/​ns/​msnbc-​rachel_​ maddow_​show/​ (accessed 7 December 2015). 71 Interview with Oliver Stone, Santa Monica, CA, 7 December 2011. 72 Oliver Stone, ‘Stone on Stone

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