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Neo-Romantic Landscapes: An Aesthetic Approach to the Films of Powell and Pressburger

Neo-Romantic Landscapes: An Aesthetic Approach to the Films of Powell and Pressburger (Hardback)

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Neo-Romantic Landscapes offers a reappraisal of the 1940s films of Powell and Pressburger focusing on their use of landscape. Questioning the established notion that the two film-makers, owing to their non-British personal roots, are located as un-British and 'other', Stella Hockenhull draws a correlation between the two media of film and painting to suggest otherwise. Emphasising the spiritual aspects of landscape and nature at a time when the experience and imagery of the war years generated a particular kind of 'affect' arising from the aftermath of destruction, she locates Powell and Pressburger's wartime films in their historical and cultural context, notably Neo-Romanticism. By offering a close analysis of films such as A Canterbury Tale, I Know Where I'm Going!, Black Narcissus and Gone to Earth she finds similar aesthetic qualities in a number of British landscape paintings executed contemporaneously.

Drawing on press reviews for contemporary spectator response, Neo-Romantic Landscapes offers a redirection of Film Studies, foregrounding the aesthetic pleasures of cinema in excess of narrative plausibility, thus resituating Powell and Pressburger in the British cultural traditions of the visual arts.

Film, TV & DramaFilms, cinemaFilm theory & criticismFilm, TV & DramaFilms, cinemaIndividual film directors, film-makers Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing Publication Date: 01/09/2008 ISBN-13: 9781847187444  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Stella Hockenhull is a senior lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Wolverhampton.

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