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Autobiography Of British Cinema (Methuen Film) Paperback – August 25, 1997

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A professor of literature and film history, McFarlane gives some attention to internationally famous British-born actors and directors, but the bulk of his book consists of scores of substantive, often recent interviews with mostly unknown actors and technicians responsible for creating a distinctive British cinema. Included are gothic film icon Peter Cushing, cameramen-directors Freddie Francis and Jack Clayton, actor-writer-director Bryan Forbes, character actor Michael Hordern, and composer John Addison. We are also reintroduced to Phyllis Calvert, Ian Carmichael, Michael Craig, Margaret Lockwood, Virginia McKenna, Dinah Sheridan, Richard Todd, and Bill Travers. Director Ronald Neame reveals that such performers remain familiar because "on American television they just didn't have enough material and among the cheap, easy material they could lay their hands on were old British films." Julie Christie summarizes the past in the foreword, and English Patient director Anthony Minghella fields queries about the future of U.K. film in the afterword. Recommended and necessary for comprehensive cinema collections.?Kim R. Holston, Am. Inst. for Char. Prop. Casualty Underwriters, Malvern, PA
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Brian McFarlane is Professor of film history at Monash University in Australia. He has written extensively on film, including books for the BFI and an Autobiography of British Film published by Methuen.

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