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Philomena: Love and Evil, Truth and Forgiveness

Lesley Brill

Lesley Brill is Professor of English and Film Studies at Wayne State University, USA, and former Chair of the English Departments of Wayne State and the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. He has published articles on film, literature, and photography, along with three books on film: The Hitchcock Romance (1988), John Huston’s Filmmaking (1996), and Crowds, Power, and Transformation in Cinema (2006). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Ironic Filmmaking of Stephen Frears

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Philomena has the shape of a romantic quest motivated by love: in this case, Philomena’s for her lost child. Familiar features of such narratives include adventurous journeys to exotic places with exotic people; descents into underworlds...

“Multi-whatever-it-is”: Dirty Pretty Things

Lesley Brill

Lesley Brill is Professor of English and Film Studies at Wayne State University, USA, and former Chair of the English Departments of Wayne State and the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. He has published articles on film, literature, and photography, along with three books on film: The Hitchcock Romance (1988), John Huston’s Filmmaking (1996), and Crowds, Power, and Transformation in Cinema (2006). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Ironic Filmmaking of Stephen Frears

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Frears says this during the “Director’s Commentary” on the Miramax DVD of Dirty Pretty Things. Unless otherwise noted, all quotations from Frears are from this DVD. To quote dialogue, I have also used this DVD, with occasional help...

My Beautiful Laundrette

Lesley Brill

Lesley Brill is Professor of English and Film Studies at Wayne State University, USA, and former Chair of the English Departments of Wayne State and the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. He has published articles on film, literature, and photography, along with three books on film: The Hitchcock Romance (1988), John Huston’s Filmmaking (1996), and Crowds, Power, and Transformation in Cinema (2006). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...The spinning titles near the opening and at the conclusion of My Beautiful Laundrette suggest both the motion of washing machines, with the starts and stops of their agitators, and the mode of the film. The actions, emotional responses...

Introduction

Lesley Brill

Lesley Brill is Professor of English and Film Studies at Wayne State University, USA, and former Chair of the English Departments of Wayne State and the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. He has published articles on film, literature, and photography, along with three books on film: The Hitchcock Romance (1988), John Huston’s Filmmaking (1996), and Crowds, Power, and Transformation in Cinema (2006). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Ironic Filmmaking of Stephen Frears

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...General introduction This study has four principal aims: First, it may be useful as an introduction to Frears’s films for readers who have little familiarity with most of them. Second, it presents extended discussions of ten of his movies....

The Snapper

Lesley Brill

Lesley Brill is Professor of English and Film Studies at Wayne State University, USA, and former Chair of the English Departments of Wayne State and the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. He has published articles on film, literature, and photography, along with three books on film: The Hitchcock Romance (1988), John Huston’s Filmmaking (1996), and Crowds, Power, and Transformation in Cinema (2006). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Ironic Filmmaking of Stephen Frears

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Sharon and Dessie The fetus for whom The Snapper is titled makes only brief appearances, once as an inscrutable ultrasound image and a few times at the end as a newborn. The role of lead in The Snapper goes to the unmarried mother, Sharon...

Dangerous Liaisons: Pride, Passion, and True Love

Lesley Brill

Lesley Brill is Professor of English and Film Studies at Wayne State University, USA, and former Chair of the English Departments of Wayne State and the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. He has published articles on film, literature, and photography, along with three books on film: The Hitchcock Romance (1988), John Huston’s Filmmaking (1996), and Crowds, Power, and Transformation in Cinema (2006). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Ironic Filmmaking of Stephen Frears

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...This chapter is a revised version of an article first published by Film International as “True Love, Pride, and Passion: Re-viewing Stephen Frears’s Dangerous Liaisons (1988),” January 13, 2014, accessed on February 4, 2016 from...

Liam

Lesley Brill

Lesley Brill is Professor of English and Film Studies at Wayne State University, USA, and former Chair of the English Departments of Wayne State and the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. He has published articles on film, literature, and photography, along with three books on film: The Hitchcock Romance (1988), John Huston’s Filmmaking (1996), and Crowds, Power, and Transformation in Cinema (2006). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Ironic Filmmaking of Stephen Frears

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Dense and deft, Liam achieves its concentration of meaning across multiple themes and characters. Consequently, Frears cut it more swiftly than usual. As Cynthia Lucia wrote, “Frears tends to favor the longer take over more rapid cutting...

Mary Reilly

Lesley Brill

Lesley Brill is Professor of English and Film Studies at Wayne State University, USA, and former Chair of the English Departments of Wayne State and the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. He has published articles on film, literature, and photography, along with three books on film: The Hitchcock Romance (1988), John Huston’s Filmmaking (1996), and Crowds, Power, and Transformation in Cinema (2006). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Ironic Filmmaking of Stephen Frears

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...When Mary Reilly appeared in early 1996, it was received with reviews that were generally unenthusiastic and often insultingly dismissive. Peter Stack’s review for the San Francisco Chronicle was not especially extreme: “The film is too...

Chéri

Lesley Brill

Lesley Brill is Professor of English and Film Studies at Wayne State University, USA, and former Chair of the English Departments of Wayne State and the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. He has published articles on film, literature, and photography, along with three books on film: The Hitchcock Romance (1988), John Huston’s Filmmaking (1996), and Crowds, Power, and Transformation in Cinema (2006). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Ironic Filmmaking of Stephen Frears

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Chéri does not continue the story of any of the characters of Dangerous Liaisons, which is set a century or so earlier, but it does resume its costume drama mode and its focus upon wealthy people busy with the occupations of those who have...

Sammy and Rosie Get Laid

Lesley Brill

Lesley Brill is Professor of English and Film Studies at Wayne State University, USA, and former Chair of the English Departments of Wayne State and the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. He has published articles on film, literature, and photography, along with three books on film: The Hitchcock Romance (1988), John Huston’s Filmmaking (1996), and Crowds, Power, and Transformation in Cinema (2006). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Ironic Filmmaking of Stephen Frears

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...It’s complexity that I think I’m interested in. “Fear in a handful of dust” Sammy and Rosie Get Laid unfolds as an anatomy of disconnection. Volatile slums sink into chaos while stable middle-class neighborhoods persist unchanged. Wealthy...