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The Films of Mike Leigh

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The Films of Mike Leigh is the first critical study of one of the most important and eccentric directors of British independent filmmaking. Although active since 1971, Leigh has only come to the attention of an international audience in the 1990s through films such as Secrets and Lies, and Career Girls. The authors examine Leigh's working method and films in the intellectu ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 19th 2000 by Cambridge University Press
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Paul Bryant
Jul 31, 2011 marked it as some-random-comedy-stuff
In interviews Mike Leigh comes across as a pompous buffoon puffed up with a full and mature sense of how totally important he is as an artist, film maker and observer of humanity in all its sadness and indignity and yet indomitable can't-go-on must-go-onness ; he makes you think that if humanity had not have existed, he, Mike Leigh, would have toiled day and night for decades to invent it in order that he could film it in all its sadness and indignity and yet indomitable can't-go-on must-go-onne ...more
Elena Sala
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Mike Leigh is a filmmaker generally thought of as a satirist or social commentator, but it is the argument of this book that this is a limited way to understand his work.
Ray Carney loves Leigh's cinema and profoundly dislikes mainstream American films. In this critical study of Leigh's cinema, Carney focuses in its elusive quality: Leigh captures the ordinary moment, the everyday drama of interaction never shown in Hollywood films because it occurs between the "heroic" moments of the plot.
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Nicole Schrag
Carney doesn't actually cite attachment theory (Gottman), but his method of evaluating characters according to their mental flexibility seems to come straight from one of the major schools of psychology (and I don't mean the kind usually taken up by film studies folks, I mean mainstream counseling practice). This is a really fascinating approach, but I wish it were in dialogue with a lot more theory or philosophy and other writers (including Mike Leigh, who talks so much about his work). It's so ...more
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Ray Carney is an American scholar and critic, primarily known for his work as a film theorist, although he writes extensively on American art and literature as well. He is known for his study of the works of actor and director John Cassavetes. He teaches in the American Studies department at Boston University and has published several books on American art and philosophy.
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