BFI Silver

A Mirror for England

British Movies from Austerity to Affluence

Authors: Durgnat, Raymond

  • New edition of a classic film studies book
  • Raymond Durgnat was one of the twentieth century's most influential film critics
  • This edition published in BFI Silver, a highprofile new series of reissues of foundational BFI film books
  • Beautifully packaged and richly illustrated
  • Features a new retrospective introduction by Kevin GoughYates
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About this book

Raymond Durgnat's classic study of British films from the 1940s to the 1960s, first published in 1970, remains one of the most important books ever written on British cinema. In his introduction, Kevin Gough-Yates writes: 'Even now, it astounds by its courage and its audacity; if you think you have an 'original' approach to a filmor a director's work and check it against A Mirror for England, you generally discover that Raymond Durgnat had said it already.' Durgnat himself said about the book that 'the main point was arranging a kind of rendezvous between thinking about movies and thinking, not so much about sociology, as about the experiences that people are having all the time.'

Durgnat used Mirror to assert the validity of British cinema against its dismissal by the critics of Cahiers du cinéma and Sight and Sound. His analysis takes in classics such as In Which We Serve (1942), A Matter of Life and Death (1946) and The Blue Lamp (1949), alongside 'B' films and popular genres such as Hammer horror. Durgnat makes a cogent and compelling case for the success of British films in reflecting British predicaments, moods and myths, at the same time as providing some disturbing new insights into a national character by whose enigmas and contradictions we continue to be perplexed and fascinated.

About the authors

RAYMOND DURGNAT (1932–2002) was the author of many groundbreaking books about the cinema, among them Films and Feelings (1967), Sexual Alienation in the Cinema (1972), The Strange Case of Alfred Hitchcock and Jean Renoir (both 1974), a study of WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1999) in the BFI Film Classics series, and A Long Hard Look at Psycho (2002), a second edition of which has also published in the BFI Silver series.

KEVIN GOUGH-YATES Film historian. He is considered the authority on European film-makers in Britain and has written extensively about them. His published interviews and retrospectives in the early 1970s were the first to bring the work of the British director Michael Powell to wider critical attention.

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eBook $24.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-88346-2
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Hardcover $105.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-84457-454-4
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Softcover $37.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-84457-453-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Mirror for England
Book Subtitle
British Movies from Austerity to Affluence
Authors
Series Title
BFI Silver
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave BFI
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-88346-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-349-88346-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-84457-454-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-84457-453-7
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
416
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