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Melodrama, Celebrity, The Queen

Mandy Merck

Mandy Merck is Professor of Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. She has edited the film and television journal Screen and the Channel 4 television series Out on Tuesday. Her books include Perversions: Deviant Readings, In Your Face: Nine Sexual Studies, The Art of Tracey Emin (co-edited with Chris Townsend) and a new collection of critical studies, America First: Naming the Nation in US Film. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Cinema's Melodramatic Celebrity : Film, Fame, and Personal Worth

British Film Institute, 2020

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...In 1955 the New Statesman published an article by the pundit Malcolm Muggeridge with a headline that would become a cliché of British political commentary. Republished in May 2012 for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, ‘The Royal Soap Opera...

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...

New Heritage Cinema – Red Buses in the Rain

John Fitzgerald

John Fitzgerald teaches media and film in Leicester. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Studying British Cinema: 1999-2009

Auteur, 2010

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...Introduction The term heritage film has many connotations and this chapter hopes to position a new type of heritage film that, rather than having an emphasis on the historical, will instead invoke a new type of Britishness, or in this case,...

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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The Ironic Filmmaking of Stephen Frears

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 Special Relationship

Brian Baker

Brian Baker is Lecturer in English at Lancaster University, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Contemporary Masculinities in Fiction, Film and Television

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...In this chapter we will consider the figure of Tony Blair, and, in particular, a series of films scripted by Peter Morgan and starring Michael Sheen, which feature Blair as a central character; other films made around the same period...

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...