Although his film career extended from the early days of sound to
the British New Wave and beyond, Sir John Mills is nonetheless
remembered as the archetypal hero of the Second World War. Regarded
as an English 'everyman', his performances crossed the class divide
and, in his easy transition from below decks to above, he came to
represent a newly democratic masculine ideal.
But what was this exemplary masculinity and what became of it in
the aftermath of war? "John Mills and British Cinema" asks how was
it possible for an actor to embody national identity and, by
exploring the cultural contexts in which Mills and the nation
became synonymous, the book offers a new perspective on 40 years of
cinema and social change. Through detailed analysis of a wide range
of classic British films, "John Mills and British Cinema" exposes
the shifting constructions of 'national' masculinity, arguing that
the screen persona of the actor is a fundamental, and often
overlooked, dimension of British cinema.
* Provides the first critical examination of the film career of
Sir John Mills.
* Uses contemporary feminist and gender theories to examine the
body of the actor as a crucial dimension of the film text.
* Explores the concept of a 'national cinema' from an innovative
* Provides stimulating new readings of key British films,
including "Forever England," "The Way to the Stars," "Great
Expectations," "Scott of the Antarctic," "Hobson's Choice," "Ice
Cold in Alex," "Tunes of Glory," "The Family Way" and "Ryan's
Is the information for this product incomplete, wrong or inappropriate?
Let us know about it.
Does this product have an incorrect or missing image?
Send us a new image.
Is this product missing categories?
Add more categories.
Review This Product
No reviews yet - be the first to create one!