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Rebecca

Patricia White

Patricia White is Professor of Film and Media Studies at Swarthmore College, USA. She is author of Women’s Cinema/World Cinema: Projecting Contemporary Feminisms (2015) and Uninvited: Classical Hollywood Cinema and Lesbian Representability (1999), and is a member of the Camera Obscura editorial collective. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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British Film Institute, 2021

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...The 1940 film adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s gothic romance Rebecca begins by echoing the novel’s famous opening line, ‘Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.’ Patricia White takes the theme of return as her starting point...

Gone with the winds that never were: The David O. Selznick archive and unmade historical cinema

David Eldridge

David Eldridge is a senior lecturer in American Studies at the University of Hull, UK. He is the author of Hollywood’s History Films (2008) and is currently working on a monograph concerning the impact that censorship has had on the American film industry’s representations of the past. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Shadow Cinema : The Historical and Production Contexts of Unmade Films

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...In the fall of 1935, David O. Selznick left Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) to launch his own independent production company, Selznick International Pictures (SIP). Determined to ‘compete with the best’, his blueprint was to release just...

A Star Is Born – Again

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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...A dissolute star meets a young female aspirant in a chance encounter. Deciding that she has a rare talent, he uses his considerable influence to foster her career. She becomes an overnight success while his popularity wanes. The two marry...

Andre, Gwili (Gurli Andresen) (1908–1959)

Journeys of Desire : European Actors in Hollywood: A Critical Companion

British Film Institute, 2006

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...More ornamental than talented, Danish Gwili Andre became known as ‘America’s Most Beautiful Model’ before embarking on a brief Hollywood career thanks to David O. Selznick. She proved wholly inadequate in her screen debut, however...

Since You Went Away: Masculinity and Change after World War II

Stella Bruzzi

Stella Bruzzi is Professor in the Department of English at University College London, UK. She is the author of Bringing Up Daddy: Fatherhood and Masculinity in Post-war Hollywood (BFI 2005) and New Documentary: A Critical Introduction (Second edition, 2006). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bringing Up Daddy : Fatherhood and Masculinity in Post-War Hollywood

British Film Institute, 2005

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...Hollywood’s handling of World War II constructed a particular relationship between combat, masculinity and the role of the father. Norman Mailer remarked, ‘nobody was born a man; you earned manhood provided you were good enough, bold...

Duel in the Sun

Edward Buscombe

Edward Buscombe is the editor of The BFI Companion to Western and has written on Stagecoach, The Searchers and The Unforgiven in the BFI Film Classics series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Westerns : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2006

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...Like Pursued (1947), another of Niven Busch’s Western family melodramas, the heroine of Duel in the Sun is torn between two brothers, one offering a steady but boring respectability, the other danger and romance. Duel in the Sun has...

From Gadgeteers to Sound Experts: Defining and Recognising Sound Labour and Expertise

Helen Hanson

Helen Hanson is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Exeter, UK. Her research focuses on film style, histories of American cinema and the film industry, feminism and popular culture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Hollywood Soundscapes : Film Sound Style, Craft and Production in the Classical Era

British Film Institute, 2017

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...The dazzling spotlight which Hollywood turns upon its Personalities throws into shadow the thousands who work in the movie studios – technicians and craftsmen, musicians and sound engineers, painters, carpenters, laboratory workers. These,...

Bergman, Ingrid (1915–1982)

Journeys of Desire : European Actors in Hollywood: A Critical Companion

British Film Institute, 2006

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...Ingrid Bergman was already at the zenith of her Swedish film career when David O. Selznick saw her play Anna in Gustaf Molander’s Intermezzo (1936). The American producer immediately bought the rights to the script and when the beautiful...

The 1940s

De Toth on De Toth : Putting the Drama in front of the Camera

Faber & Faber, 2010

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...Andre followed None Shall Escape with Dark Waters (1944), which may well be considered the first of his film noir titles. A melodrama with strong psychological undertones, the film relies heavily on atmosphere and on the performances which...

Thunder and Lightning: Gone with the Wind (1939) and the Logic of Synchronisation

Rick Altman

Rick Altman is a professor of Cinema and Comparative Literature in the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, University of Iowa, USA. His many books include ‘Film/Genre’ (BFI 1999) and ‘Silent Film Sound’ (2007). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Film Moments : Criticism, History, Theory

British Film Institute, 2003

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...With Atlanta in flames, Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) piles Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh), Prissy (Butterfly McQueen), Melanie Hamilton Wilkes (Olivia de Havilland) and her newborn baby into a horsecart. Fighting off renegades, he skirts...