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Forgotten futures : British municipal cinema 1920-1980 /
Elizabeth Lebas.
London : Black Dog Publishing, c2011.
189 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.
1906155941 (pbk.), 9781906155940 (pbk.)
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London : Black Dog Publishing, c2011.
1906155941 (pbk.)
9781906155940 (pbk.)
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Includes filmography and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2012-02-01:
One interesting recent development in film study has been the emergence of interest in "orphan" films--neglected or forgotten films often produced in service of practical ends. This volume is a significant contribution to work on that "genre" of films. Lebas divides her study into four parts, two of which deal with national trends and two of which focus on individual examples. Few potential readers of the book are likely to know much about cinema produced by British municipal governments, but the author nicely outlines the educative and propagandistic goals of British municipal cinema and the patterns of sponsorship that pushed them. In the later chapters, she compares the focus of films produced by the Public Health Department in London's Bermondsey area to municipal films produced in Glasgow--the latter, influenced both by the emergence of the Scottish Film Council and by the national trends championed by pioneering documentary filmmaker John Grierson. Enhanced by many beautiful stills, the book makes a good case for the importance of this film work. Lebas argues persuasively that in these films communities shaped a personal and collective vision of a future; through them, she writes, "ordinary people dreamed the possible." Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers. K. S. Nolley Willamette University
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Discussing municipal cinema in Britain, this title includes films from the Department for Public Health, documentaries and local authority films, and is written by film and cultural historian Elizabeth Lebas.

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