Celluloid War Memorials

The British Instructional Films Company and the Memory of the Great War

Mark Connelly

Celluloid War Memorials

Mark Connelly

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

352 pages | 15 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Cloth $93.00 ISBN: 9780859899987 Published March 2017 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Creating Celluloid War Memorials for the British Empire looks at the British Instructional Film company and its production of war re-enactments and documentaries during the mid to late 1920s. It is both a work of cinema history and a study of the public’s memory of World War I. As Mark Connelly shows, these films, made in the decade following the end of the war, helped to shape the way in which that war was remembered, and may be understood as microhistories that reveal vital information about perceptions of the Great War, national and imperial identities, the role of cinema as a shaper of attitudes and identities, power relations between Britain and the United States, and the nature of popular culture.
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Michael Hammond, University of Southampton
"Connelly's Celluloid War Memorials is an indispensable addition to the field of British film history and to film studies and history more broadly.  The book is a landmark study of a British production company.  But more than that, Connelly has written a book which productively connects industry, audience, and cultural memory, and in the process provides an important piece of the puzzle that is the ever changing cultural memory of the Great War in Britain."
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