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On the road
British journeys
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This chapter explores the ways in which some British films of the 1970s are structured around journeys undertaken by lone individuals. It primarily focuses on two films, O Lucky Man! and Radio On, and argues that these films, featuring solo travellers, operate as ‘state-of-the-nation’ films which serve to depict a fragmenting Britain. The chapter also places these two films within the context of British art films and British avant garde films of the period. The chapter concludes by exploring a range of films which have British characters travelling abroad, and places these films within the socio-cultural context of increased foreign (and especially European) travel in the 1970s.

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