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Ealing Studios: A Movie Book Paperback – February 2, 1999

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"Splendid. . . . At last someone has looked backwards over British culture calmly, sensitively, and intelligently, probing beneath its surface familiarity and presenting analyses which are both provocative and level-headed." -- Sight and Sound

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"Charles Barr's Ealing Studios remains, quite simply, the single best book about the British cinema ever written."—Robert Lang, author of American Film Melodrama

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 3 edition (February 2, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520215540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520215542
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,936,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Samerdyke on August 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a fascinating book. If you only know Ealing Studios for comedies such as "Kind Hearts and Coronets" "The Lavender Hill Mob" and "The Ladykillers," this book opens up the whole Ealing output from about 1939 to 1957.
Not only does Barr discuss the classic Ealing comedies, but he puts them in their context in the studio's output, and he shows how the studio's output changed over time regarding the pressures and changes that British society went through in those pivotal decades.
This book is "the rise and fall of Ealing Studios" but in an artistic, not financial, sense. It gets one to think about what movies say about "national character" yet remains enjoyable and jargon-free.
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