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The Cinema of Basil Dearden and Michael Relph$
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Alan Burton and Tim O'Sullivan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748632893

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632893.001.0001

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Dramas of Masculine Adjustment II: Men in Action

Dramas of Masculine Adjustment II: Men in Action

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(p.167) 4 Dramas of Masculine Adjustment II: Men in Action
Source:
The Cinema of Basil Dearden and Michael Relph
Author(s):

Alan Burton

Tim O'sullivan

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632893.003.0005

By comparison with those films based around the tragic male melodrama, this chapter investigates a small number of films that Dearden and Relph made in the 1950s which examined men's adjustment to the loss of (war-time) action. These films seek to recreate aspects of male solidarity, purpose and experience, but within changed, peace-time circumstances. Crime and criminality is often the result, but it is ultimately shown not to pay.

Keywords:   Basil Dearden, Michael Relph, British post-war film, Masculinity, Crime

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