Went the Day Well? (BFI Film Classics)

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Went the Day Well? is one of the most unusual pictures Ealing Studios produced,a distinctly unsentimental war film made in the darkest days of World War II, and nothing like the loveable comedies that later became the Ealing trademark.Its clear-eyed view of the potential for violence lurking just below the surfacein a quiet English village possibly owes something to the Graham Greene storyon which it is based, though, as Penelope Houston shows, there remains amystery about the extent to which Greene was actually involved in the scripting.Or perhaps the direction by the Brazilian born Cavalcanti, a maverick within theEaling coterie, is the chief reason why Went the Day Well? avoids the cosy feel oflater, more familiar, Ealing films. In his foreword to this special edition, published to celebrate the 20thanniversary of the BFI Film Classics series, Geoff Brown pays homage toPenelope Houston's astute study, and places the book in the context of Went theDay Well?'s changing critical reception. Brown discusses the non-Englishqualities of the film's narrative, and the extent to which Cavalcanti brought aforeign sensibility to its very English setting.
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ISBN-13: 9781844575008
ISBN-10: 1844575004
Pagini: 72
Ilustrații: 34 b/w photos
Dimensiuni: 135 x 190 x 8 mm
Greutate: 0.14 kg
Ediția: Revizuită
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția British Film Institute
Seria BFI Film Classics

Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


New foreword by critic Geoff Brown

Notă biografică

PENELOPE HOUSTON is a British film critic and journal editor. She was oneof the founders of the film journal Sequence, edited Sight & Sound, the journalof the BFI, and was a regular contributor to the Monthly Film Bulletin. She hasalso been a film critic for The Spectator, deputised as critic for The Times, haswritten for numerous newspapers and magazines, and is also the author ofThe Contemporary Cinema (1963) and Keepers of the Frame: Film Archives (1994).   GEOFF BROWN, long associated as a critic with The Times, curated BFISouthbank's Cavalcanti retrospective in 2010, edited the book collection AlistairCooke at the Movies (2009), and has published widely on British cinema. He is anAssociate Research Fellow at the Cinema and Television Research Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester.


Foreword Geoff Brown.- Acknowledgments.- Introduction.- 1 Storylines.- 2 Germans in the Back Garden.- 3 Actuality and Technique.- 4 They Came in Khaki.- 5 A Little Talent and Taste?.- Credits.- Bibliography.