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The songs remain the same
Pop, rock and war children
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This chapter begins by examining how far the Second World War has an imaginative hold over a wide range of British films of the 1970s. The chapter then moves on to explore how far popular music became a central aspect of a number of films of the period, and how a number of music films demonstrate nostalgia for earlier years (especially the 1950s). The steadily increasing influence of US culture on Britain as witnessed in these films is discussed. The chapter also explores the ways in which British film producers (such as David Puttnam) and directors exploited the bankability of British pop and rock stars in order to develop films that might be successful at the box office.

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