National Heroes : British Cinema in the Seventies and Eighties
Like HOLLYWOOD ENGLAND, NATIONAL HEROES has social change as well as mass entertainment as its focus. It picks up the story in the 'hangover years' of the early seventies, and takes it into the so-called 'renaissance era' of the eighties, showing the immense talent underpinning the search for profit and power. Based on his outstanding knowledge of films and their makers, and many hours of interviews with the key players, Walker analyses the transition from the permissive society to one of increasing constraints. He discusses the violent cinema of GET CARTER and THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY, the taxation that drove directors, producers and stars out of Britain, and reveals what David Puttnam was really thinking when CHARIOTS OF FIRE won the Oscars. Including sharp critical appraisals of a host of films and such talents as Glenda Jackson, John Hurt, Monty Python and many more, NATIONAL HEROES is a classic work on the British film industry in the seventies and eighties.
- Paperback | 304 pages
- 128 x 214 x 30mm | 399.17g
- 30 Sep 2005
- Orion Publishing Co
- Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
For four decades, Alexander Walker was Britain s leading film critic and historian, named Critic of the Year three times in the British Press Awards. In this classic trilogy, he gives us an eloquent, witty, thoroughly uncompromising history of the modern British film industry."
About Alexander Walker
Alexander Walker is the author of over twenty books about the cinema and its stars, including bestselling biographies of Elizabeth Taylor, Vivien Leigh, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Peter Sellers and Audrey Hepburn. He has also written standard works on the coming of the Talkies, a monograph on Stanley Kubrick, and the fullest account to date of the British film industr from 1960 to 1985. He has been the London "Evening Standard's" influential film critic since 1960 and has been named "Critic of the Year" three times in the British Press Awards. A prolific broadcaster on television and radio, he wrote and narrated four series of "Film Star" for the BBC. Alexander Walker was born in Ireland, and educated there, on the Continent and in the United States.