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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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Immigrant songs: racial politics

Immigrant songs: racial politics

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British films of the 1970s

Paul Newland

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores the ways in which the racial tensions pulling at traditional notions of Britishness during the 1970s are represented in a number of films of the period. Primarily focusing on Pressure, Black Joy and Babylon, the chapter specifically examines the ways in which black immigrant communities are depicted. Particular attention is paid to the formal, aesthetic qualities of the films, and the ways in which they choose to tell stories about black communities. The chapter concludes with an examination of the ramifications of the endurance of social realist aesthetics across a range of British films of the period.

Keywords:   Race, Racism, Black culture, Immigrant communities, Pressure, Black Joy, Babylon

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