Landscape, Place and Travel in British Cinema before 1930
By (author) Bryony Dixon, ? Laraine Porter Contributions by Ivo Blom, Simon Brown, Alan Burton, Ian Christie, Jude Cowan, Bryony Dixon, Michael Eaton, Tony Fletcher, Christine Gledhill, Patrick Keiller, Judith McLaren, Paul Moody, ? Laraine Porter, Amy Sargeant
Publication date:02 March 2015
Length of book:160 pages
PublisherThe Exeter Press
The British cinema has drawn extensively on our national landscapes. Filmmakers have explored the entrenched myth of an idyllic rural tradition, intimately bound up with a popular definition of national heritage. Conversely, within a documentary-realist framework, they have looked at the contemporary urban aesthetic, derived partly from a Victorian tradition of social investigation.
The fifth in a series of volumes from the annual British Silent Cinema Festival held in Nottingham (and the first to be published by Exeter), this collective study offers an original treatment of the relationship between pre-1930 cinema and landscape. The Nottingham festival from which this collection derives brought together a group of leading specialists – practitioners, academics and individual researchers – who between them provide a detailed investigation into the national cinema before the sound era.
‘Virtually everything in this admirable volume deserves to be noticed.’ (Screening the Past, Issue 22, Jan. 2008) ‘It is the first of these proceedings to be published by the University of Exeter Press, which offers a new and more attractive design, and the contributons themselves are equally good’ (Early Popular Visual Culture: 6,3. November 2008)