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Songs take up space and time in films. Richard Dyer's In the Space of a Song takes off from this perception, arguing that the way songs take up space indicates a great deal about the songs themselves, the nature of the feelings they present, and who is allowed to present feelings how, when and…read more

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Only Entertainment explores entertainment as entertainment , asking how and whether an emphasis on the primacy of pleasure sets it apart from other forms of art. Dyer focuses on the genres most associated with entertainment, from musicals to action movies, disco to porn. He examines the nature of…read more

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For around a hundred years up to the Stonewall riots, the word used for gay men was 'queers'. In The Culture of Queers , Richard Dyer traces the contours of queer culture, examining the differences and continuities with the gay culture which succeeded it. Opening with a discussion of the very…read more

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Popular European Cinema examines the reasons why films that are most popular with audiences in any one European countha are seldom successful eslewhere. Audiences themselves represent diverse class, gender and ethnic identities that complicate th equestoin of national cinema, not least with recent…read more

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MacCann has shaped from 28 different memoirs and histories a cumulative story of the conflicts and achievements of the founders of the great movie studios. Carl Laemmle, Marcus Loew, William Fox, Samuel Goldwyn, Jesse Lasky, and Adolph Zukor are the stars of this history, some of them speaking in…read more

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MacCann features Mack Sennett, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, and Harry Langdon in this guide to the lives and works of the most important silent comedy movie-makers in America_the fourth in his acclaimed series, American Movies: The First Thirty Years. In twenty-eight articles…read more

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For such a rare phenomenon, serial killing gains a lot of attention on film, often presented as an ever-growing danger, either symptomatic of the times we live in or an abiding feature of human existence. Richard Dyer explores the plethora of assumptions, influences and ideas behind the many…read more

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White people are not literally or symbolically white; nor are they uniquely virtuous and pure. Racial imagery and racial representation are central to the organisation of the contemporary world but, while there are many studies of images of black and Asian people, whiteness is an invisible racial…read more

Brief Encounter

by Richard Dyer|

November 11, 2015

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Brief Encounter (1945), adapted from Noel Coward's play Still Life , is a classic of British cinema – a tale of impossible love between a married woman and a man she meets while waiting for a train. Though it's a film made by men, it is the woman's voice we hear recounting the story of a…read more

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Brief Encounter

by Richard Dyer|

November 25, 2015

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Richard Dyer is Professor of Film Studies at Kings College London, UK. He is the author of many books and articles on the cinema, including BFI Film Classics on Brief Encounter and Seven.read more

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Only Entertainment explores entertainment as entertainment , asking how and whether an emphasis on the primacy of pleasure sets it apart from other forms of art. Dyer focuses on the genres most associated with entertainment, from musicals to action movies, disco to porn. He examines the nature of…read more