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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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Introduction: ‘Two on a Tandem’? Dearden and Relph: Authorship and British Cinema

Introduction: ‘Two on a Tandem’? Dearden and Relph: Authorship and British Cinema

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(p.1) Introduction: ‘Two on a Tandem’? Dearden and Relph: Authorship and British Cinema
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The Cinema of Basil Dearden and Michael Relph
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Alan Burton

Tim O'sullivan

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632893.003.0001

Following detailed sections on Biography and Career Notes, this introduction provides an overview of the conventional critical assessment of the work of Dearden and Relph. It argues that until recently, they have often been perceived as exemplars of a rather staid, unimaginative and self-consciously British mix of cinematic entertainment and liberal social comment, and that their reputation has tended to be evaluated solely in the context of their few ‘social problem’ films, to the exclusion of their wider oeuvre. The introduction challenges these views and then outlines the rationale for the organisation of the chapters which follow.

Keywords:   Basil Dearden, Michael Relph, British Film Criticism, Post-war British film, James Dearden, Simon Relph

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