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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

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

Alan Burton

Tim O'sullivan

Edinburgh University Press

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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