Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 420
Weight: 745 g
Dimensions: 228 x 155 x 22 mm
[Harper and Porter's] study is especially strong in its analysis of the politicking of senior figures who aspired to provide the industry with moral guidance and leadership . . . the embroiled discussions of such matters as entertainment duty or censorship are often enlivened by well-chosen anecdotes and a deadpan humour. . . . As Harper and Porter rightly point out, British cinema of the 1950s deserves to be taken seriously. And just as Rachel Low's studies of earlier decades provide an invaluable entry point for readers, so this book is likely to become a first port of call for any student who wants to investigate the era in detail. * Sight and Sound *
Where it really scores strongly is in giving credit to people who don't normally appear in histories such as script editors, minor producers: names you see on the credits but never notice. It's also good at delineating the tensions within organisations and their results. This book does for 50s cinema what Rachael Low's The History of British Film did for pre-war cinema. If you need to know about the period, this is the place to start. * David Absalom *
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