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The British New WaveA Certain Tendency?$
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B. F. Taylor

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780719069086

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719069086.001.0001

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The British New Wave: a certain tendency?

The British New Wave: a certain tendency?

(p.1) 1 The British New Wave: a certain tendency?
The British New Wave

B. F. Taylor

Manchester University Press

The British New Wave is the name conventionally given to a series of films released between 1959 and 1963. Conventional approaches to these films place emphasis upon viewing them as a series, stressing their similarities, and using these similarities to include the films in broader debates about class, gender and/or ideology. This chapter defines a new approach in relation to British New Wave and demonstrates that one can fruitfully consider the detail of these films individually and discusses British New Wave based upon the idea of difference without continually re-emphasising their similarities. The innovation of this approach is also complemented by the position its subjects occupy within the history of British cinema. As their collective title suggests, the arrival of these films was marked by a similar sense of innovation. The innovation of a film such as Room at the Top was its engagement with a contemporary British social life, and the emphasis in these new films was on the relationship between a character's leisure time and their working life.

Keywords:   British New Wave, Hollywood, British cinema, film criticism

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