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This book represents a new way of thinking about Australian cinema by asking where the origins of the new film lie. It begins by tracing the indebtedness of Australian cinema to the classical narrative style of Hollywood filmmaking, with its firm grasp of melodrama. Several films are studied in detail within this framework, including Picnic at Hanging Rock, Blood Oath, The Empty Beach, and Shame. The book continues by comparing the problems faced by "high" British cinema of the 1940s and 1950s with those faced by Australian cinema of the 1970s and the 1980s in the attempts by both countries to establish national film industries. Many parallels are drawn between the responses of British and Australian cinema to the overall dominance of Hollywood, despite the thirty-year gap between these two periods of filmmaking.Read more
- This book adopts an original approach to the new Australian cinema
- Coverage of British film will make this study of interest to readers in the UK
- Presents a comprehensive analysis of British cinema in the 1940s
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- Date Published: June 1992
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521387682
- length: 276 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
- weight: 0.41kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
2. American Classical Cinema and the melodramatic tradition
3. The melodrama of isolation and defeat: Australian cinema since Picnic at Hanging Rock
4. Two booms: 'High' British cinema and new Australian cinema
5. The films: Britain (1940–1960) and Australia (1970–1990)
6. Observations and conclusions
Selected bibliography on Australian cinema
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