The unknown 1930s: an alternative history of the British cinema 1929-39

Jeffrey Richards
I.B. Tauris, 1998 - 276 Seiten
In The Unknown Thirties, a group of leading British film historians chart a new map of 1930's British cinema. They reassess the films, stars, genres, and directors omitted from accounts of the decade, and they evaluate its forgotten and recently rediscovered films. The book includes, for example, a fascinating view of British audiences over the period, a fresh look at the colorful producer Julius Hagen and his independent Twickenham Film Studios, and the story of how MGM dealt with the dictates of the Films Act. Stars Contrad Veidt and Tod Slaughter and directors Bernard Vorhaus and Robert Stevenson are central to essays which explore how star images were constructed, how class and gender issues interact in British melodrama, and how "imported" directors gave new vitality to British cinema. The British shocker and the British musical, popular 1930's genres, provide new views of cinema and national identity, and there is fresh analysis of a neglected period in Michael Powell's directorial career, when he was learning his craft on the notorious "quota quickies".

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Cinemagoing Preferences in Britain in the 1930s
Julius Hagen and Twickenham Film Studios
MGM and the British Quota

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