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British cinema in the fifties: gender, genre and the 'new look'

British cinema in the fifties: gender, genre and the 'new look'

Geraghty, Christine

This text explores some of the key debates about British cinema and film theory, and examines the curious mix of rebellion and conformity which marked British cinema in the post-war era

Paperback, Hardback, Book. English.
Published London: Routledge, 2000
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Statement of responsibility: Christine Geraghty
ISBN: 0415171571, 041517158X, 9780415171571, 9780415171588
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 256p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Subject: British film; Motion pictures Social aspects Great Britain.; 1950s; Motion pictures Great Britain History.


  1. Acknowledgements Preface 1. The Experience of Picturegoing
  2. Cinema as a Social Space 2. Modernity, the Modern and Fifties Britain 3. Rural Rebels and the Landscape of Opposition 4. Resisting Modernity
  3. Comedies of Bureaucracy and Expertise 5. The Post-War Settlement and Women's Choices
  4. Melodrama and Realism in Ealing Drama 6. European Relations
  5. Sex, Politics and the European Woman 7. The Commonwealth Film and the Liberal Dilemma 8. Reconstituting the Family: 'It's for Children that I'm Worried.' 9. Femininity in the Fifties
  6. The New Woman and the Problem of the Female Star 10. The Fifties War Film
  7. Creating Space for the Triumph of Masculinity

Author note

Christine Geraghty is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is the author of Women and Soap Opera(Polity, 1991), the co-editor of The Television Studies Book(Arnold, 1998) and has contributed essays on British cinema to a number of important collections.


'In this serious but approachable tome, Christine Geraghty examines not only the industry's output, but also what it was like to visit the pictures in the middle of the last century.'-  Film Review