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“Crude, Vicious, and Lascivious Entertainments”: The rise of the Brit-Lit feature film, 1907–20

Greg M. Colón Semenza

Greg M. Colón Semenza is Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, USA. His books include How to Build a Life in the Humanities (2015), The English Renaissance in Popular Culture (2010), Graduate Study for the 21st Century: How to Build an Academic Career in the Humanities (2005; 2nd ed. 2010), Milton in Popular Culture (2006), and Sport, Politics, and Literature in the English Renaissance (2004). He has published numerous essays on film and adaptation and is now working on a book about Powell and Pressburger’s wartime films. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bob Hasenfratz

Bob Hasenfratz is Professor of English and Department Head at the University of Connecticut, USA. His books include Reading Old English (2005/11), Ancrene Wisse (2001), and Beowulf Scholarship: An Annotated Bibliography 1979-1990 (1993). He has written articles on medieval literature and culture and edits the Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The History of British Literature on Film, 1895–2015

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...This chapter covers the Brit-Lit film from 1907, in the early days of the nickelodeon era, to about 1920, in the midst of the silent feature film era. In doing so, it relies on and seeks to expand influential arguments about the development...

The empire strikes back: Britain’s reclamation of Brit-Lit, 1939–57

Greg M. Colón Semenza

Greg M. Colón Semenza is Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, USA. His books include How to Build a Life in the Humanities (2015), The English Renaissance in Popular Culture (2010), Graduate Study for the 21st Century: How to Build an Academic Career in the Humanities (2005; 2nd ed. 2010), Milton in Popular Culture (2006), and Sport, Politics, and Literature in the English Renaissance (2004). He has published numerous essays on film and adaptation and is now working on a book about Powell and Pressburger’s wartime films. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bob Hasenfratz

Bob Hasenfratz is Professor of English and Department Head at the University of Connecticut, USA. His books include Reading Old English (2005/11), Ancrene Wisse (2001), and Beowulf Scholarship: An Annotated Bibliography 1979-1990 (1993). He has written articles on medieval literature and culture and edits the Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The History of British Literature on Film, 1895–2015

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...Throughout the 1930s, Hollywood continued its Brit-Lit appropriations through its “British” films,“British” in inverted commas is H. Mark Glancy’s useful term for American films set in Britain: See Glancy, When Hollywood Loved Britain...

Traditions and revolutions: The Brit-Lit film, 1957–79

Greg M. Colón Semenza

Greg M. Colón Semenza is Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, USA. His books include How to Build a Life in the Humanities (2015), The English Renaissance in Popular Culture (2010), Graduate Study for the 21st Century: How to Build an Academic Career in the Humanities (2005; 2nd ed. 2010), Milton in Popular Culture (2006), and Sport, Politics, and Literature in the English Renaissance (2004). He has published numerous essays on film and adaptation and is now working on a book about Powell and Pressburger’s wartime films. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bob Hasenfratz

Bob Hasenfratz is Professor of English and Department Head at the University of Connecticut, USA. His books include Reading Old English (2005/11), Ancrene Wisse (2001), and Beowulf Scholarship: An Annotated Bibliography 1979-1990 (1993). He has written articles on medieval literature and culture and edits the Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The History of British Literature on Film, 1895–2015

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...Although by the 1950s US producers had largely scaled back their reliance on British literary source material (see above, pp. 234–6), the international Brit-Lit film still had the cultural capital to dominate the Academy Awards well...

Attractions, tricks, and fairy tales: Visual and theatrical culture in the Brit-Lit film, 1896–1907

Greg M. Colón Semenza

Greg M. Colón Semenza is Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, USA. His books include How to Build a Life in the Humanities (2015), The English Renaissance in Popular Culture (2010), Graduate Study for the 21st Century: How to Build an Academic Career in the Humanities (2005; 2nd ed. 2010), Milton in Popular Culture (2006), and Sport, Politics, and Literature in the English Renaissance (2004). He has published numerous essays on film and adaptation and is now working on a book about Powell and Pressburger’s wartime films. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bob Hasenfratz

Bob Hasenfratz is Professor of English and Department Head at the University of Connecticut, USA. His books include Reading Old English (2005/11), Ancrene Wisse (2001), and Beowulf Scholarship: An Annotated Bibliography 1979-1990 (1993). He has written articles on medieval literature and culture and edits the Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The History of British Literature on Film, 1895–2015

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...In 1897, The Phonoscope, a trade magazine “devoted to Scientific and Amusement Inventions Appertaining to Sight and Sound,” took a breathless moment to imagine the future of motion pictures in an interview with its hero, Thomas...

Introduction

Greg M. Colón Semenza

Greg M. Colón Semenza is Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, USA. His books include How to Build a Life in the Humanities (2015), The English Renaissance in Popular Culture (2010), Graduate Study for the 21st Century: How to Build an Academic Career in the Humanities (2005; 2nd ed. 2010), Milton in Popular Culture (2006), and Sport, Politics, and Literature in the English Renaissance (2004). He has published numerous essays on film and adaptation and is now working on a book about Powell and Pressburger’s wartime films. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bob Hasenfratz

Bob Hasenfratz is Professor of English and Department Head at the University of Connecticut, USA. His books include Reading Old English (2005/11), Ancrene Wisse (2001), and Beowulf Scholarship: An Annotated Bibliography 1979-1990 (1993). He has written articles on medieval literature and culture and edits the Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The History of British Literature on Film, 1895–2015

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...In A Matter of Life and Death (1946), one of several Powell-Pressburger masterpieces of the 1940s, the history of canonical British literature figures centrally as evidence of Great Britain’s continuing and future relevance on the world...

Internationalizing the Brit-Lit film: Hollywood and the world film market, 1920–27

Greg M. Colón Semenza

Greg M. Colón Semenza is Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, USA. His books include How to Build a Life in the Humanities (2015), The English Renaissance in Popular Culture (2010), Graduate Study for the 21st Century: How to Build an Academic Career in the Humanities (2005; 2nd ed. 2010), Milton in Popular Culture (2006), and Sport, Politics, and Literature in the English Renaissance (2004). He has published numerous essays on film and adaptation and is now working on a book about Powell and Pressburger’s wartime films. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bob Hasenfratz

Bob Hasenfratz is Professor of English and Department Head at the University of Connecticut, USA. His books include Reading Old English (2005/11), Ancrene Wisse (2001), and Beowulf Scholarship: An Annotated Bibliography 1979-1990 (1993). He has written articles on medieval literature and culture and edits the Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The History of British Literature on Film, 1895–2015

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...Early cinema’s tenuous status dictated to a large degree the nature of the new art form’s relationship to literature. If the cinema needed literature to justify its cultural value, then literary films could hardly have been expected...

The Brit-Lit film after film, 1979–2015

Greg M. Colón Semenza

Greg M. Colón Semenza is Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, USA. His books include How to Build a Life in the Humanities (2015), The English Renaissance in Popular Culture (2010), Graduate Study for the 21st Century: How to Build an Academic Career in the Humanities (2005; 2nd ed. 2010), Milton in Popular Culture (2006), and Sport, Politics, and Literature in the English Renaissance (2004). He has published numerous essays on film and adaptation and is now working on a book about Powell and Pressburger’s wartime films. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bob Hasenfratz

Bob Hasenfratz is Professor of English and Department Head at the University of Connecticut, USA. His books include Reading Old English (2005/11), Ancrene Wisse (2001), and Beowulf Scholarship: An Annotated Bibliography 1979-1990 (1993). He has written articles on medieval literature and culture and edits the Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The History of British Literature on Film, 1895–2015

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...In March of 2007, The New York Times announced the intentions of independent producer Vincent Newman to make a 100-million-dollar adaptation of John Milton’s Paradise Lost.Michael Joseph Gross, “It’s God vs. Satan. But what about...

Sound, studios, and censorship: The Brit-Lit film, 1927–39

Greg M. Colón Semenza

Greg M. Colón Semenza is Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, USA. His books include How to Build a Life in the Humanities (2015), The English Renaissance in Popular Culture (2010), Graduate Study for the 21st Century: How to Build an Academic Career in the Humanities (2005; 2nd ed. 2010), Milton in Popular Culture (2006), and Sport, Politics, and Literature in the English Renaissance (2004). He has published numerous essays on film and adaptation and is now working on a book about Powell and Pressburger’s wartime films. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bob Hasenfratz

Bob Hasenfratz is Professor of English and Department Head at the University of Connecticut, USA. His books include Reading Old English (2005/11), Ancrene Wisse (2001), and Beowulf Scholarship: An Annotated Bibliography 1979-1990 (1993). He has written articles on medieval literature and culture and edits the Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The History of British Literature on Film, 1895–2015

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...On the first weekend of December 1929 at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, something unexpected happened at two showings of Fox Follies, a musical review produced by 20th Century Fox—first a near riot and then an organized protest. On Saturday...

Technicolor Adventures — Interiors

Magic Hour : A Life in Movies

Faber & Faber, 1996

Book chapter

...When a film unit has finished the main shooting on a set, any odd, unimportant bits left to shoot — a close-up of a cigarette smudged in an ashtray, a letter — all these dreary minutiae are left to be done later, by a very small crew...

Technicolor Goes to War

Magic Hour : A Life in Movies

Faber & Faber, 1996

Book chapter

...In the summer of 1939 I was in Sicily working contentedly on a commercial for Cadbury’s milk chocolate. It seemed a long way from the machinations of Hitler and the inexorable advent of war.One evening after work I was having a drink...