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Film and the Historian

The British Experience

Author(s): Philip Gillett

Book Description

Films are not just for audiences: historians of the twentieth century have much to learn from them. A film exposes the attitudes and unconsidered trifles that people took for granted and which were not considered worth recording elsewhere. This volume surveys British cinema from the final days of the Second World War to the early 1970s, exploring societal change across a range of topics including housing, the countryside, psychiatry and the law. This provides a basis for cross-cultural comparisons, with many issues deserving of further research being highlighted. The films discussed range from the well-known Odd Man Out to the forgotten It’s Hard to be Good.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-3269-4
ISBN-10: 1-5275-3269-0
Date of Publication: 01/07/2019
Pages / Size: 262 / A5
Price: £61.99


Philip Gillett is an independent film researcher and author of The British Working Class in Postwar Film (2003). He is a contributor to the online journal Offscreen. His publications include Forgotten British Film: Value and the Ephemeral in Postwar Cinema (2017) and Film and Morality (2012).