Introduction: British art cinema - creativity, experimentation and innovation

Brian Hoyle, Paul Newland

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This Introduction engages with issues such as Britain’s traditions of intellectualism and anti-intellectualism and how these pertain to the history of British film. We consider how far British films conform to class-based, ideologically-informed notions of ‘high art’; the tensions between highbrow and low art in British cinema; the complexities of state-funded and independent British film-making; and the question of how far artistic creativity, entertainment and commerce might co-exist within a conceptual British ‘art’ cinema. Attention is paid to the relationship between the modernist movement and British cinema; the relationship between British cinema, Hollywood and US popular culture; historical conditions in which British art cinema develops and flourishes; and the transnational nature of much of what we call British cinema and British art cinema in particular.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBritish Art Cinema
Subtitle of host publicationcreativity, experimentation and innovation
EditorsPaul Newland, Brian Hoyle
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages32
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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