Exploring a lost culture
in The British working class in postwar film
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book examines how the working-class people are portrayed in the British cinema. Films from the late 1950s reveal more breaches in the class barriers. The economic and social structures within which films are made and seen can too easily be forgotten. The book aims to take a modest step in redressing the balance by considering the popularity of the films discussed. It demonstrates how film might be used by disciplines whose practitioners often display scant interest in its possibilities. The book considers what films can contribute to the debate on the consequences of war and tests received opinion. It also considers the significance of the cinema for working-class audiences.


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