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Cambridge Film Classics: The Films of Mike Leigh (Paperback)
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Cambridge Film Classics: The Films of Mike Leigh (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 19/06/2000
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The Films of Mike Leigh is the first critical study of one of the most important and eccentric directors of British independent filmmaking. Although active since 1971, Leigh has only come to the attention of an international audience in the 1990s through films such as Secrets and Lies and Career Girls. Like Robert Altman and John Cassevetes, Leigh works improvisationally, beginning with a small group of actors around whom he builds his films during months of private rehearsal. The script is written during this process. Ray Carney examines Leigh's working method and films in the intellectual and social contexts in which they were created. He argues that Leigh cannot be simply considered within the British realist tradition of Osborne and Loach. All of Leigh's major box office successes, including Naked, Life is Sweet and High Hopes, are analyzed, interpreted, and shown to be among the finest examples of cinema.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521485180
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 227 x 152 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... takes genuine pleasure in the exuberance, wit and intelligence of Leigh's cinema.' Paul Howson, The Times Higher Education Supplement
"...no other study to date sheds such revealing light on Leigh's background, his influences, his emotional groundings and, of course, his unique cinematic sensibility." Moviemaker, Winter 2001
"This is quite simply the best book of film criticism I have ever read." --Caveh Zahedi, Filmmaker, Fall 2000

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