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Family fortunes
Portrayals of the working-class family
in The British working class in postwar film
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Most films concerned with working-class life offer some image of the family. In Holiday Camp, it is the stable, coherent social unit of the Huggetts. In Good Time Girl, the family is the wellspring of faulty socialisation. This chapter examines films which have the family as their centrepiece. In Waterloo Road, the family is seen struggling through the war. Raymond Durgnat sees the film as affirming the working man's right to little revolts rather than insisting on discipline as salvation. The Huggett films exemplify the difficulty of attuning to the social hierarchy of another period. The family's social status is described as working class. A family is seen under pressure in Waterfront. The film, from a novel by John Brophy, is set during the Depression. Unemployment and the debilitating effects of being in a pool of casual labour are stressed throughout the film.

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