Radio versions, drawn from the film not the preceding play, attracted many
well-known actors. There were also two plays and an opera bearing the film’s
title and narrative outline, the opera stage perhaps less amenable to the
intimacy that was part of the film’s appeal. The Kneehigh Company’s
production was especially imaginative in its use of mixed-media resources.
The TV film, Staying On, saw Johnson and Howard reunited in an Indian-set
tale with some details that recall the old film, at least for the
This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book considers memory as a specific framework for the study of popular film, intervening in growing debates about the status and function of memory in cultural life and discourse. It examines the relationship between official and popular history and the constitution of memory narratives in and around the production and consumption of American cinema. The book explores the political stakes of cinematic discourse in its production of national memory. It also examines the discursive and institutional apparatus that has come to support the memory of Classic Hollywood in British cultural life. The book also considers both the presence of music and colour in nostalgia films of the 1990s and the impact of digital and video technologies on the representational determinants of mediated memory.