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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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Ethical Dilemmas

Ethical Dilemmas

(p.249) 6 Ethical Dilemmas
The Cinema of Basil Dearden and Michael Relph

Alan Burton

Tim O'sullivan

Edinburgh University Press

In many of their films Dearden and Relph sought to dramatise ethical dilemmas and contradictions which they identified as characteristic of post-war British society. This chapter explores four films, emotional melodramas which focus on characters confronting acute ethical and moral issues. The films deal with nationalism and post-war identity, the politics of terrorism, the limits to religious faith and belief and the ethics of ‘brainwashing’ and modern psychology.

Keywords:   Basil Dearden, Michael Relph, Ethical melodramas, Anglo-German post-war relations, Irish Nationalism, Fundamental religious belief, ‘Brainwashing’

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