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Creativity, experimentation and innovation
Paul Newland
Brian Hoyle

regard to cinematic skills are stripped down to the essentials – two people talking in a room and then climbing onto a motorbike to go and talk with two more people in another room – without even allowing us to see the imagined bike ride’. 35 The idea that Leigh’s films are visually uninteresting is underscored by critics such as Geoff Andrew, who, despite their admiration for his work, argue that a film like Naked (1993) is ‘by far his most cinematic’. 36 Andrew is damning Leigh with faint praise here and implying that films like Bleak Moments (1971) or Life is

in British art cinema
John Hill

Brezhnev (1985), A Room with a View (1985), Mona Lisa (1986), Comrades (1986), Caravaggio (1986), Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987), Drowning by Numbers (1988), Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988), Life is Sweet (1990), Riff-Raff (1991), The Crying Game (1992), Raining Stones (1993), Shallow Grave (1994), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Trainspotting (1996) and Secrets and Lies (1996). The more politically radical Department of Independent Film and Video also provided support for more experimental low-budget independent films, which

in British art cinema
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‘It’s not a question of ignorance, Laurence, it’s a question of taste’
Ruth Adams

television comedy, telling one interviewer that ‘If I wasn’t what I am, I would be a cartoonist. My work is in the tradition of Hogarth, Gillray and Rowlandson’ (Wapshott 1982 ). Harlan Kennedy argues ( 1991 : 22) that Abigail’s Party anticipates [Leigh’s later cinema films] High Hopes and Life is Sweet

in Screen plays
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Un héros très discret, Le Promeneur du Champ-de-Mars, Indigènes and Diplomatie

la vie inventée est plus douce et plus agréable que la vie réelle, pourquoi hésiter?’ (When the lie is more beautiful than the truth, when the invented life is sweeter and more pleasing than real life, why hesitate?). Nice, simple stories are always easier to swallow than complex narratives; they are also easier to recall. As Audiard explained in an interview with Plazzo: L’ambigüité est dans l’époque où se situe le film, l’hiver 44–45 a compris l’imposture individuelle et collective … Il y a eu

in Reframing remembrance
Jago Morrison

Achebe’s fiction will recall from Things Fall Apart, in which Okonkwo’s uncle Uchendu explains to a gathering of his kinsmen why Nneka is one of the commonest names given to their daughters. ‘It is true that a child belongs to its father. But when a father beats his child, it seeks sympathy in its mother’s hut. A man belongs to his fatherland when things are good and life is sweet. But when there is sorrow and bitterness he finds refuge in his motherland’ (TFA, 95). Uchendu goes on to castigate Okonkwo for believing himself the greatest of sufferers, by holding up the

in Chinua Achebe
Jago Morrison

mother’s Morrison_Achebe.indd 61 26/05/2014 12:03 62  Chinua Achebe hut. A man belongs to his fatherland when things are good and life is sweet. But when there is sorrow and bitterness he finds refuge in his motherland ... Is it right that you, Okonkwo, should bring your mother a heavy face and refuse to be comforted? Be careful or you may displease the dead. Your duty is to comfort your wives and children and take them back to your fatherland after seven years. But if you allow sorrow to weigh you down and kill you, they will all die in exile.’ (TFA, 94–5) His

in Chinua Achebe
Barry Jordan

bella (Life is Sweet, Roberto Benigni, 1998) and Shakespeare in Love (John Madden, 1998). In the end Bovaira and Cuerda decided to deal with Cruise and Miramax, partly because of their track record (including Oscar successes) and global marketing ambitions but also because Amenábar insisted he wished to work in Spain, thus giving him greater creative control and a less stressful shooting schedule (Ubeda-Portugués 2001

in Alejandro Amenábar
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Daniel Lea

him a literary frame of reference too (Zola, Flaubert, Carroll, Proust, Kafka, Mann), but Maf is first and foremost a philosopher and he scorns the poetic etherealism of cats, whose narcissism he cannot abide. Along with dyspeptic Jewish robins (‘Poor Limey Schmucks’ [O’Hagan, 2010a:  19]), argumentative Brooklyn rats (‘Summa us got woik to do’ [O’Hagan, 2010a:  69]), and easily pleased squirrels (‘Peanut butter … life is sweet’ [O’Hagan, 2010a: 98]), Maf ’s realm parodies that of his owner, undercutting human neuroses and vanities with the immeasurable pleasures of

in Twenty-first-century fiction
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Brian McFarlane
Anthony Slide

Featuring more than 6,500 articles, including over 350 new entries, this fifth edition of The Encyclopedia of British Film is an invaluable reference guide to the British film industry. It is the most authoritative volume yet, stretching from the inception of the industry to the present day, with detailed listings of the producers, directors, actors and studios behind a century or so of great British cinema.

Brian McFarlane's meticulously researched guide is the definitive companion for anyone interested in the world of film. Previous editions have sold many thousands of copies, and this fifth instalment will be an essential work of reference for universities, libraries and enthusiasts of British cinema.

in The Encyclopedia of British Film