Structures of Desire: British Cinema, 1939-1955

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This book examines representations of desire in British cinema during a period of turbulent change. In addition to investigating male-female desire in status quo "realist" films and in various "anti-realist" movements represented by Gainsborough Melodrama and the work of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, the book also explores the various factors that affected utopian aspirations for a better postwar world and how these desires eventually became restrained by the dominant forces of conservative ideology. Structures of Desire provides new perspectives on previously recognized film movements such as Ealing Comedy and Gainsborough Melodrama while also offering analyses of interesting but neglected films such as Love on the Dole (1941), Perfect Strangers (1945), They Made Me a Fugitive (1947), The Bad Lord Byron (1949), and Madeleine (1950).

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Tony Williams is Professor and Area Head of Film Studies in the Department of English at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is the author of several books, including Hearths of Darkness: The Family in the American Horror Film; Larry Cohen: Radical Allegories of an American Filmmaker; and most recently, Jack London's The Sea Wolf: A Screenplay by Robert Rossen.

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Combines a high degree of native insight with an expert synthesis of theoretical material to throw interesting, unusual, and fresh light on the relations between British culture and society, not only in the period under discussion but also with reference to the Thatcher era and the current state of affairs in the United Kingdom. Philip Mosley, Pennsylvania State University
Williams shows that very similar societal and personal questions find expression in a variety of genres and types of films, and he provides new and insightful readings of many hitherto neglected films. Michael Anderegg, author of Orson Welles, Shakespeare, and Popular Culture"

"Combines a high degree of native insight with an expert synthesis of theoretical material to throw interesting, unusual, and fresh light on the relations between British culture and society, not only in the period under discussion but also with reference to the Thatcher era and the current state of affairs in the United Kingdom." -- Philip Mosley, Pennsylvania State University

"Williams shows that very similar societal and personal questions find expression in a variety of genres and types of films, and he provides new and insightful readings of many hitherto neglected films." -- Michael Anderegg, author of Orson Welles, Shakespeare, and Popular Culture

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