A Personal History of British Cinema by Stephen Frears (1997) [DVDRip (DivX)]

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Name:A Personal History of British Cinema by Stephen Frears (1997) [DVDRip (DivX)]

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A Personal History of British Cinema by Stephen Frears (1997) [DVDRip (DivX)]

Also Known As: Typically British!

Directors: Mike Dibb & Stephen Frears

Company: BFI TV & Channel Four


"...To celebrate the 100th anniversary of cinema, the British Film Institute has commissioned a series of documentaries about national cinemas... Given such a crass sociological survey of English movies, where the bottom line generally seems like the only game in town, it's hardly surprising to see Frears reject the whole silent era as inconsequential. He patronizes Michael Powell and Humphrey Jennings (accorded one measly clip each); fails to mention Joseph Losey, Cy Endfield, or Richard Lester (presumably regarding all three as American interlopers); reduces Ken Russell and Mike Leigh to the worst single clips imaginable (and has nothing to say about the TV work of either); limits John Boorman, Bill Douglas, Terry Gilliam, Peter Greenaway, Isaac Julien, and Sally Potter to one fleeting movie poster apiece; and omits virtually the entire English documentary movement (though he includes a disparaging nod to Night Mail), along with the cycle of Hammer horror movies--while paying abject obeisance to the Academy Awards and every crumb they've offered British cinema (special points to Chariots of Fire, Gandhi, and Four Weddings and a Funeral). It's frustrating to imagine what a real critic of English cinema like Raymond Durgnat might have done with what Frears chooses to discuss - not to mention what he leaves out. What we get instead is alienated twaddle about what Frears imagines other people might be interested in - the Janet Maslin school of film commentary. It may be unfair to saddle Frears with all the inadequacies of this Cook's tour - even though it's subtitled "A Personal History of British Cinema," records some of his memories of movies and of being caned at boarding school, features his gabfests with Hollywood colleagues (critic-screenwriter Gavin Lambert, the late director Alexander Mackendrick, and directors Michael Apted and Alan Parker), and shows him briefly at work on Mary Reilly. Though the press book tries to get one to ignore this, it pairs Frears with a codirector, Mike Dibb, and a cowriter, critic Charles Barr, both of whom are credited first; so maybe Frears--a good director of actors who's never shown much aptitude for or interest in film aesthetics--was too busy with Mary Reilly to do much more on this than chew the fat with four colleagues and add a few pithy voice-overs. Still, I think I'm fully entitled to conclude, bollocks to Frears." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, ?

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File: A Personal History of British Cinema (1997) [DVDRip (DivX)].avi
Filesize: 854.32 Mb ( 895 817 728 bytes )
Play length: 00:52:16.600 (78415 frames)
Video: 528x400 (1.32:1), 25 fps, DivX Codec 5.1.1 ~2167 kbps avg, 0.41 bit/pixel
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