British Cinema and Middlebrow Culture in the Interwar Years

Lawrence Napper

British Cinema and Middlebrow Culture in the Interwar Years

Lawrence Napper

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

256 pages | 17 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2009
Cloth $93.00 ISBN: 9780859897976 Published March 2010 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Through a fresh analysis of the relationship between the British film industry and such culture industries as radio, music recording, publishing, and early television, Lawrence Napper reevaluates the history of British cinema and culture between 1928 and 1939. Reappraising what has previously been considered a weak era in British filmmaking, Napper argues that the interwar period and its aesthetic were part of a specific strategy aimed at the rapidly expanding British lower middle class in order to differentiate this new generation of British film from movies produced by Hollywood.


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Preface and Acknowledgements

Introduction: The ‘The Middlebrow’ concept of the National: Music Hath Charms 1935

1.      A Law for British Film: The Cinematograph Films Act 1927

2.      British Cinema, The Publishing Industry and the Mass Market: The Constant Nymph 1924-1928

3.      The ‘Middlebrow’ Debate and Film: The Good Companions 1929-1933

4.      New and Old Cultures: The Lambeth Walk 1937-1939

Conclusion: The Viability of National Cinema




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