By Jeffrey Richards, Anthony Aldgate
This can be a revised and extended variation of the vintage publication on movie background. The authors learn how features of British society are mirrored in and formed through cinema. motion pictures studied comprise, between others, Sanders of the River, A Canterbury story, The lifestyles and demise of Colonel Blimp, The Guinea Pig, The Blue Lamp, The Ladykillers, i am very well Jack, The Loneliness of the lengthy Distance Runner, If . . . , and Scandal.
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Thereafter, the film marginalizes those elements of social commentary which occupied the centre stage in Holtby’s original literary narrative and doubtless provided a major source of inspiration for her work, and it moves to the foreground, in their stead, other elements which are determined more by the classic dictates of mainstream narrative cinema than by anything else. Finally, the film achieves its purpose by extirpating the ‘evil’ and disruptive forces in the society that it creates on screen while negotiating a series of compromise solutions to bring about a consensus of opinion within the remaining ‘productive’ forces.
Brereton, which continued to fill school library shelves, to be awarded as prizes and to be much sought after as Christmas and birthday presents. 4 If we take the evidence of popularity at the box-office as ‘unwitting testimony’ of popular attitudes and preconceptions, then the flourishing cycle of imperial films in the 1930s in both Britain and the USA speaks volumes for the continued attachment of audiences to the concept of Empire,5 for all these films depicted it as beneficent and necessary.
Bosambo is conceived entirely in Western terms as an archetype well established in imperial fiction: a combination of doglike devotion, boastful sexuality and childish naughtiness. Similarly, his relationship with his wife Lilongo is seen in strictly European terms. They love each other. She bosses him about. He risks his life to rescue her. ’17 There is equally little appreciation of the African character judged in African terms. ’18 The father-child relationship between Sanders and the natives is repeatedly commented upon by characters in the film – the missionary, the gun runners, Captain Hamilton.
Best of British: Cinema and Society from 1930 to Present by Jeffrey Richards, Anthony Aldgate