Studying the British Crime Film by Paul ElliottStudying the British Crime Film by Paul Elliott

Studying the British Crime Film

byPaul Elliott

Paperback | October 1, 2014

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Ever since its inception, British cinema has been obsessed with crime and the criminal. One of the first narrative films to be produced in Britain, the Hepworth's 1905 short Rescued by Rover, was a fast-paced, quick-edited tale of abduction and kidnap, and the first British sound film, Alfred Hitchcock's Blackmail (1930), centered on murder and criminal guilt. For a genre seemingly so important to the British cinematic character, there is little direct theoretical or historical work focused on it. The Britain of British cinema is often written about in terms of national history, ethnic diversity, or cultural tradition, yet very rarely in terms of its criminal tendencies and dark underbelly. This volume assumes that, to know how British cinema truly works, it is necessary to pull back the veneer of the costume piece, the historical drama, and the rom-com and glimpse at what is underneath. For every Brief Encounter (1945) there is a Brighton Rock (2010), for every Notting Hill (1999) there is a Long Good Friday (1980).

Paul Elliott teaches film and film theory at the University of Worcester. He has published research on Hitchcock, embodied film theory, the French psychoanalyst Felix Guattari, and various elements of British cinema.
Title:Studying the British Crime FilmFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pagesPublished:October 1, 2014Publisher:AuteurLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1906733740

ISBN - 13:9781906733742


Table of Contents

Introduction: Rounding Up the Usual Suspects1. Gangland UK2. The Post-Millennial Gangster Film3. The Heist4. Bent Coppers5. Working Girls6. Serial Killers7. Juvenile Delinquency