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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 critical forest

The critical forest

(p.108) 5 The critical forest
The British New Wave

B. F. Taylor

Manchester University Press

John Schlesinger's 1962 film A Kind of Loving is the subject of this chapter. It addresses the specific criticisms that have been directed towards this film. It considers the concerns over narrative interruption that Andrew Higson has raised in relation to this film. It also addresses the consternation that a particular camera movement found within the film caused Victor Perkins in ‘The British Cinema’. It is believed that this moment of the film's style destroyed the relationship between the décor and the action taking place. Writing in ‘Moments of Choice’, Perkins is keen to point out that editing and camera movements are specific decisions through which the direction of a film can alter viewpoint, character and theme. For him, quite logically, this is part of a broader strategy whereby ‘selection and sequence’ are the keys to altering this viewpoint.

Keywords:   John Schlesinger, A Kind of Loving, Andrew Higson, camera movement, décor, The British Cinema

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