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England Swings Into It's Own Grave: England Swings, Right Into Its Own Grave. An Analysis Of The Depiction Of British National Identity In The 1973 Vincent Price Horror Classic "Theatre Of Blood"

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England Swings, Right into an Open Grave.An analysis of Theatre of Blood’s Depiction of British National Identity.There are many difficulties encountered when attempting to define the creative validity of Britain’s filmmaking industry according to the parameters associated with the term “National Cinema”. Many such dilemmas arise out of the British tendency to utilize creative tradition as a weapon against cultural attrition. Despite obvious language similarities, Hollywood filmmaking, and that of its British counterpart, remained highly independent identities up until the early 1960s. Ingrained in Britain’s filmic productions, were a variety of heritages both literary and cinematic in tradition. Constantly in fear of a loss of identity attributed to an ever growing influx of American influences, Britain initiated a staunch quota system. This initiative created a great number of works which were reflective of the countries’ rich heritages. Many of these films were reflective of a unique stylistic approach derived from the sparse black and white documentary aesthetic of government documentaries produced by John Grierson. This definition of national identity served for the inspiration behind such notable films as David Lean’s adaptation of Charles Dicken’s Great Expectations (1946) and Oliver Twist (1948), Laurence Olivier’s interpretation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet (1948), and the bleak seriousness of Brief Encounter (David Lean, 1945), as well as the Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger directorial partnership. Despite their inherent stagnancy, these “Classic” works adhered greatly to a centuries’ old definition of “Britishness”, refined, intelligent, and rooted in literary nostalgia. In the shadow of these objects of prestige, were a variety of “Quota Quickies”, genre films which were not considered great works of art, but rather a means to ensure that audiences were inundated with national productions amidst a threat of American cultural invasion. This widespread paranoia was rooted in the belief that America in comparison to Britain was “Childish and barbaric…intoxicated with her wealth and power, and with her political and diplomatic inexperience”1 and the cultural product they produced was symptomatic of these weaknesses.The history of British Cinema is rife with works deemed worthy of critical evaluation. From numerous dissections of symbolism encoded within Joseph Losey’s The Go-Between (1971), to the celebration of The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949) as one of the finest films ever made. The critical elite in Britain have developed its own cannon of works which lend themselves most effectively to further scholarly investigation. Amidst such scrutiny, it is still possible for certain films to emerge from cultural hibernation to become worthy of analytical appreciation. Those who doubt that such a resurrection can occur, need only to...

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