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British films of the 1970s$
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Paul Newland

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719082252

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719082252.001.0001

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On the road: British journeys

On the road: British journeys

(p.56) 2 On the road: British journeys
British films of the 1970s

Paul Newland

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores the ways in which some British films of the 1970s are structured around journeys undertaken by lone individuals. It primarily focuses on two films, O Lucky Man! and Radio On, and argues that these films, featuring solo travellers, operate as ‘state-of-the-nation’ films which serve to depict a fragmenting Britain. The chapter also places these two films within the context of British art films and British avant garde films of the period. The chapter concludes by exploring a range of films which have British characters travelling abroad, and places these films within the socio-cultural context of increased foreign (and especially European) travel in the 1970s.

Keywords:   O Lucky Man, Radio On, Road movies, Journey films, British art cinema, British avant garde

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