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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- Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2019. 246 S., 87 s/w Abb., 5 Tab.
- Title Page
- Copyright Page
- Dedication Page
- About the author
- About the book
- Citability of the eBook
- Chapter 1 British New Wave: Origins and Evolution of the Movement
- 1. Angry Young Men
- 2. British New Wave in Academic Studies and in the Press
- 3. Working-class Actors
- 4. Does the British New Wave Have a Beginning and an End?
- Chapter 2 Social Realism
- 1. Society, Politics and Realism
- 2. Documentaries
- 2.1. Inspirations
- 2.2. John Grierson
- 2.3. Humphrey Jennings
- 2.4. Free Cinema
- 3. Social Thought
- 4. Social Realism
- 4.1. Attempts to Define
- 4.2. Social Problem Films
- 5. Feminism
- 5.1. Female Protagonists of the New Wave
- 5.2. A Taste of Honey
- 6. Location
- 6.1. Outside the Studio
- 6.2. Town
- 6.3. Out of Town
- Chapter 3 Pop Culture
- 1. Towards Classless Society
- 2. Consumerism
- 2.1. Fashion, Culture and Shopping
- 2.2. Billy Liar10
- 3. Mass Media
- 3.1. Television
- 3.2. The Entertainer
- 4. Pop Art29
- 5. Jazz
- 5.1. All That Jazz
- 5.2. Look Back in Anger
- 5.3. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
- Chapter 4 British New Wave Hero
- 1. The Hero and The Effect of Reality
- 2. Protagonist’s Rebellion
- 2.1. Jimmy Porter (Look Back in Anger)
- 3. Family Life
- 3.1. Frank Machin (This Sporting Life)
- 4. Visions of Success
- 4.1. Joe Lampton (Room at the Top)
- 5. In the World of Illusion
- 5.1. Billy Liar49
- 5.2. Morgan (Morgan: A Case Suitable for Treatment)
- 5.3. Nancy, Colin and Tolen (The Knack…and How to Get It)
- 6. Rebellion or Compromise?
- 6.1. Arthur Seaton (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning)
- Chapter 5 New Wave Playing with Film-making
- 1. New Wave, Meaning What?
- 2. Acting23
- 2.1. Actors of the British New Wave
- 2.2. Method Acting
- 3. Humour
- 4. Playing with Storyline
- 5. Playing with Time and Space
- 6. In Search of Lost Time
- 6.1. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
- 6.2. This Sporting Life
- Chapter 6 Distant Voices of the British New Wave
- 1. New Wave and What Next?
- 2. New Wave and Its Resurgence
- 3. If….12
- 4. Distant Voices, Still Lives
- 5. Secrets and Lies
- 6. My Name Is Joe
- 7. Billy Elliot
- 8. Fish Tank
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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