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Studying the British Crime Film
Ever since its inception, British cinema has been obsessed with crime and the criminal. One of the first narrative films to be produced in Britain, the Hepworth's 1905 short Rescued by Rover, was a fast-paced, quick-edited tale of abduction and kidnap, and the first British sound film, Alfred Hitchcock's Blackmail (1930), centered on murder and criminal guilt. For a genre ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 1st 2014 by Auteur
(first published August 1st 2013)
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The author, Paul Elliot, clearly knows this particular genre of British cinema. His passion for a crime story shines through in the film’s he has selected to write about and his understanding of central plots and underlying tones is exemplary. My only gripe with this book is the poor editing that at times forced me to have to reread paragraphs and sentences to absorb Elliot’s points.