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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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The Formative Period: The War Years and the Ethos of Ealing

The Formative Period: The War Years and the Ethos of Ealing

(p.49) 2 The Formative Period: The War Years and the Ethos of Ealing
The Cinema of Basil Dearden and Michael Relph

Alan Burton

Tim O'sullivan

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter surveys the inauguration and early development of Dearden and Relph's partnership at Ealing and examines their first five films together; from The Bells Go Down (1943) to The Captive Heart (1946). It emphasises that they rapidly embraced and cemented their partnership within the Ealing wartime ethos of ‘quiet heroism’ and team work under Michael Balcon's studio management and direction. Furthermore, the analysis suggests that they made their distinctive mark in Ealing's projection of Britain during this time of national, wartime crisis and proved themselves considerable, but understated talents at the studio in the period.

Keywords:   Basil Dearden, Michael Relph, Ealing, British War-time Films

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