British Cinema History: Hamlet

Posted in - academia & classic film & essays on February 20th 2011 4 Comments

This is the second paper I did on a Laurence Olivier film last semester for my course. I was interested in looking at Larry and his important role in the British film industry during the 1940s. His Shakespeare films exemplified what critics back then termed “quality” cinema. This paper is an exploration of the muddled definition …

Cinema History: That Hamilton Woman

Posted in - academia & classic film & essays on February 16th 2011 11 Comments

Britain needed a world war to coax its film industry into standing as a light on its own amongst the pantheon of national cinemas. When Britain entered the fight against Germany in late 1939, a new set of values emerged in British films that had been previously lacking. Principles such as realism, restraint, patriotism, and a sense of community, among others, were seen as constituting national identity.

Spotlight: Michael Redgrave

Posted in - classic film & essays & friends of the oliviers on October 10th 2010 11 Comments michael redgrave

I’m mainly writing this post because I’m doing a presentation on Michael Redgrave in the Traditions of British Cinema course tomorrow, and I find that writing things helps me retain information better.  The topic we are focusing on in class this week is the Victorian Theatre and Adaptation, and the screening is The Importance of …