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British Popular Films 1929-1939
The Cinema of Reassurance





ISBN 9780415754989
Published December 22, 2014 by Routledge
291 Pages

 
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Shafer's study challenges the conventional historical assumption that British feature films during the Thirties were mostly oriented to the middle-class. Instead, he makes the critical distinction between films intended for West End and international circulation and those intended primarily for domestic, working-class audiences. Far from being alientated by a 'middle-class institution', working men and women flocked to see pictures featuring such music-hall luminaries as Gracie Fields and George Formby.