Alternative Film Culture in Interwar Britain
By Jamie Sexton
Subjects: Film History
In the first book-length study to concentrate specifically on Britain, Jamie Sexton examines the rise of avant-garde and experimental film-making between the wars.
The book provides a detailed view of how modernist and anti-mainstream currents emerged in the film industry in Britain.
"Alternative Film Culture in Inter-War Britain" is the first book-length study of a number of currents which opposed mainstream filmmaking and which championed film as an intellectual, modern art. It traces the growth of new approaches to film through exhibition and writing on cinema, and looks at how this cultural formation shaped certain areas of filmmaking. As such, it takes an interdisciplinary approach in which a study of independent filmmaking in this era is firmly placed within a cultural context, linking the ways in which films were presented, received and produced.This is the first in-depth look at 'alternative film culture' in Britain between the wars will excite many in the film, and film studies, worlds. It combines the history with analysis of the films themselves, and of their reception. It looks at the operations of a key contemporary institution, the original Film Society.
Contents: Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction: From Avant-Garde Film to Alternative Film Culture; 1: The Network of Alternative Film Culture; 2: Deconstruction, Burlesque and Parody; 3: Drifters and the Emergence of an Alternative British Cinema; 4: Alternative Film Culture in the Shadow of Sound; 5: Montage, Machinery and Sound; 6: Mechanization and Abstraction; 7: Borderline: Subjectivity and Experimentation; Conclusion; Bibliography.
'An entertaining tale of interest to specialists and non-specialists alike' (Scope, Issue 20, June 2011)
Jamie Sexton is Lecturer in Film Studies in the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. His other books include Cult Cinema: An Introduction (with Ernest Mathijs, forthcoming 2009); Experimental British Television (edited with Laura Mulvey, 2007); Music, Sound and Multimedia (edited, 2007).
New Titles List
Exeter Studies in Film History
- 'Film Europe' And 'Film America' - Cinema, Commerce and Cultural Exchange 1920-1939
- Alternative Empires - European Modernist Cinemas and Cultures of Imperialism
- Alternative Film Culture in Interwar Britain
- The Big Show - British Cinema Culture in the Great War (1914-1918)
- British Cinema and Middlebrow Culture in the Interwar Years
- Charles Urban - Pioneering the Non-Fiction Film in Britain and America, 1897 - 1925
- A Chorus Of Raspberries - British Film Comedy 1929-1939
- Going to the Movies - Hollywood and the Social Experience of Cinema
- The Great Art Of Light And Shadow - Archaeology of the Cinema
- Hollywood, Westerns And The 1930S - The Lost Trail
- Legitimate Cinema - Theatre Stars in Silent British Films, 1908-1918
- Marketing Modernity - Victorian Popular Shows and Early Cinema
- Multimedia Histories - From Magic Lanterns to Internet
- Parallel Tracks - The Railroad and Silent Cinema
- A Paul Rotha Reader
- Popular Filmgoing in 1930s Britain - A Choice of Pleasures
- Reading the Cinematograph - The Cinema in British Short Fiction, 1896-1912
- The World According To Hollywood,1918-1939
- Young And Innocent? - The Cinema in Britain, 1896-1930