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A Mirror for England: British Movies from Austerity to Affluence

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Raymond Durgnat’s classic study of British films from the 1940s to the 1960s, first published in 1970, remains one of the most important books ever written on British cinema. In his introduction, Kevin Gough-Yates writes: ‘Even now, it astounds by its courage and its audacity; if you think you have an “original” approach to a filmor a director’s work and check it against A
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Paperback, BFI Silver, 416 pages
Published December 15th 2011 by British Film Institute
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Jan 27, 2015 Hamish Crawford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Raymond Durgnat's wonderfully eccentric prose style renders the academic study truly delightful. No directorial sacred cow (from Alfred Hitchcock to Laurence Olivier) is safe from his scabrous wit, and though his opinions are harsh, his expression of them always remains intelligent and actually gut-bustingly hilarious. I'd recommend reading it aloud.
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