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Running off the Anger: British New Wave


Anna Śliwińska

Running off the Anger. British New Wave includes several areas of research that suggest interpreting the cinema of the British New Wave in relation to social realism, the construction of the main characters, popular culture and the way New Wave played with film-making. Thanks to an in-depth analysis of key films of this trend, it is possible not only to understand the workings of social realism and examine character creation and their rebellion, but also to explore the intentionality of the utilising New Wave techniques that were known from nouvelle vague. The last chapter of this book is devoted to the most recent references to British New Wave Cinema.

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I would like to thank my Parents, whose help and support have been invaluable throughout my work on writing and translating this book. To Karol and Wirginia – thank you for your encouragement and all the inspiring conversations.

My special thanks go to the Head of the Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology – Prof. Tomasz Mizerkiewicz and to the Head of the Institute of Film, Media and Audiovisual Arts at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań – Prof. Wojciech Otto, as well as Prof. Małgorzata Hendrykowska, Prof. Marek Hendrykowski, Prof. Justyna Czaja and my Colleagues.

This book would not have been translated into English without work of a couple of talented and dedicated translators: Aleksandra Oszmiańska-Pagett and Rob Pagett. Thanks to their enthusiasm, valuable comments and commitment, working on this book turned out to be not only a challenge but also a remarkable journey.

The book you are holding in your hands contains handmade illustrations by Paweł Piechnik, whom I want to thank for each line, sketch, inspiration and his dedication, which influenced the final shape of the book.

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