British Comedy Cinema

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I. Q. Hunter, Laraine Porter
Routledge, 2012 - Performing Arts - 228 pages
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British comedy cinema has been a mainstay of domestic production since the beginning of the last Century and arguably the most popular and important genre in British film history.

This edited volume will offer the first comprehensive account of the rich and popular history of British comedy cinema from silent slapstick and satire to contemporary romantic comedy. Using a loosely chronological approach, essays cover successive decades of the 20th and 21st Century with a combination of case studies on key personalities, production cycles and studio output along with fresh approaches to issues of class and gender representation. It will present new research on familiar comedy cycles such as the Ealing Comedies and Carry On films as well as the largely undocumented silent period along with the rise of television spin offs from the 1970s and the development of animated comedy from 1915 to the present.

Films covered include: St Trinians, A Fish Called Wanda, Brassed Off, Local Hero, The Full Monty, Four Lions and In the Loop.

Contributors: Melanie Bell, Alan Burton, James Chapman, Richard Dacre, Ian Hunter, James Leggott, Sharon Lockyer, Andy Medhurst, Lawrence Napper, Tim O'Sullivan, Laraine Porter, Justin Smith, Sarah Street, Peter Waymark, Paul Wells

 

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Contents

Sex class and very naughty boys
1
British comedy cinema before 1930
18
British class and comedy of the 1930s
38
The story of the Mancunian Film Company
51
The bizarre British faced with another perfectly extraordinary situation
66
The film comedy of the Boulting brothers
77
7 Margaret Rutherford and comic performance
89
8 A short history of the Carry On films
100
Rank Studios and the rise of the Super Chump
128
The rise and fall of the sitcom spinoff
141
Confessions of a workingclass stereotype
154
Monty Python at the movies
171
Richard Curtis and British comedy cinema
184
Wit whimsy and wishful thinking in British animation 1900present
196
Index
209
Copyright

The genteel subversion of the St Trinians films
116

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About the author (2012)

I.Q. Hunteris Professor of Film Studies at De Montfort University, Leicester. He is the author of British TrashCinema(2013) and Cult Film as a Guide to Life (2016), editor of British Science Fiction Cinema(1999) and co-editor with Laraine Porter of British Comedy Cinema(2012).

Laraine Porteris a Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at De Montfort University. She was Director of the Broadway Media Centre in Nottingham for ten years between 1998 and 2008 and is the co-founder and director of the British Silent Film Festival. She is currently the Principal Investigator on a major three-year Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHR)-funded project researching the transition between silent and sound cinema in the UK.

Justin Smithis Professor of Media Industries at the University of Portsmouth, UK. He is the author of Withnail andUs: Cult Films and Film Cults in British Cinema(2010), and, with Sue Harper, British Film Culture in the 1970s:The Boundaries of Pleasure(2011). He is Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded project Fifty Years of British Music Video (2015-17).