Introduction
in Charles Crichton
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The introduction begins by noting the lack of scholarly attention that has been given to Charles Crichton up to now. Despite his numerous cinematic successes, including A Fish Called Wanda, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, the general attitude remains that he was a capable journeyman at the creative end of the film industry. This is largely due to his being closely associated with ‘Ealing comedy’, a series of films that are unfairly viewed as being effective variations on an established formula. In fact, Crichton was a highly versatile film-maker, equally adept at directing dramas and film noir. However, he was not an adherent of auteur theory, but instead saw film as a collaborative medium.

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