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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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Apprenticeship and Beyond: Comedy Traditions and Film Design

Apprenticeship and Beyond: Comedy Traditions and Film Design

(p.14) 1 Apprenticeship and Beyond: Comedy Traditions and Film Design
The Cinema of Basil Dearden and Michael Relph

Alan Burton

Tim O'sullivan

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines in detail and then traces the subsequent legacies of Dearden's early film career in comedy productions and Relph's formative work in theatre and film design. On the one hand this provides an analysis of the ways in which their work featured often overlooked forms of film comedy (from George Formby and Will Hay to Ealing and beyond), and on the other, Relph's abiding interest and expertise in Film Design and Art Direction, including his Academy Award nomination for their Saraband for Dead Lovers (1948). The chapter outlines their respective ‘apprenticeships’ in theatre and film work prior to their partnership and then considers the contributions that these early days made to their work together.

Keywords:   Basil Dearden, Michael Relph, British Film Comedy, British Theatre and Film Design

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