Charlotte Brunsdon London in Cinema

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London in Cinema

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Charlotte Brunsdon's illuminating study explores the variety of cinematic 'Londons' that appear in films made since 1945. Brunsdon traces the familiar ways that film-makers establish that a film is set in London, by use of recognisable landmarks and the city's shorthand iconography of red buses and black taxis, as well as the ways in which these icons are avoided. She looks at London weather – fog and rain – and everyday locations like the pub and the housing estate, while also examining the recurring patterns of representation associated with films set in the East and West Ends of London, from Spring in Park Lane (1948) to Mona Lisa (1986), and from Night and the City (1950) to From Hell (2001).

Brunsdon provides a detailed analysis of a selection of films, exploring their contribution to the cinematic geography of London, and showing the ways in which feature films have responded to, and created, changing views of the city. She traces London's transformation from imperial capital to global city through the different ways in which the local is imagined in films ranging from Ealing comedies to Pressure (1974), as well as through the shifting imagery of the River Thames and the Docks. She addresses the role of cinematic genres such as horror and film noir in the constitution of the cinematic city, as well as the recurrence of figures such as the cockney, the gangster and the housewife. Challenging the view that London is not a particularly cinematic city, Brunsdon demonstrates that many London-set films offer their own meditation on the complex relationships between the cinema and the city.

 

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CHARLOTTE BRUNSDON teaches in the Department of Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick. She is the author of The Feminist, the Housewife and the Soap Opera (2000) and Screen Tastes (1997).

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I want to start by stating something entirely unambiguously: this is a really good book. Not just the kind of 'really good' where a chapter goes on a reading list, but the sort of 'really good' that means if you teach anything to do with Britsih culture or the city, you'll be putting the entire volume on your bibliography. London in Cinema is going to become the seminal text on London in film...Brunsdon's book fulfils everything I hoped it would be...it has lost none of the passion and energy of her conference discussions. If anything, it has become more erudite and more compelling in the story she tells...Every chapter is a gem; irrespective of what genres and tastes you have as a reader, Brunsdon's London leaps off the pages.' Journal of British Cinema and Television"

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