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British Comedy Cinema

Edited by I.Q. Hunter and Laraine Porter

Series: British Popular Cinema

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. 

Find out more about British Comedy Cinema at
http://www.routledge.com/9780415666671 

Find out more about the British popular Cinema Series at
http://www.routledge.com/books/series/SE0399/

 

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