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By Tom Ryall

ISBN-10: 071906452X

ISBN-13: 9780719064524

In this primary complete serious examine of Anthony Asquith, Ryall units the director's paintings within the context of British cinema from the silent interval to the Sixties, and examines the inventive and cultural affects in which his motion pictures could be understood. The good fortune of Pygmalion and French with no Tears, in response to performs via George Bernard Shaw and Terence Rattigan, along with his major contributions to wartime British cinema, made Asquith considered one of Britain's prime movie makers.

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During his career, the industry went through numerous changes, responding to the challenge of Hollywood, to the example of European cinema, to major events such as the Second World War, constructing a body of films which prompted both despair and enthusiastic endorsement by critics at various times. The subsequent chapters will take a closer look at a selection of titles from Asquith’s career, identifying their general qualities as British films as well as the qualities which derive from the more immediate circumstances of their production.

The film’s final image has Mae and Julian in an embrace following her rescue; ‘The End’ appears on the screen and, in another inventive link, a dissolve replaces it with Mae and Andy embracing in his flat during their illicit evening together. Examples of directorial ingenuity could be multiplied. 21 The bravura shots from Andy’s point of view from the swinging chandelier recall the shots from the trapeze artist in Dupont’s Variety. The finale – Mae in a studio church set which is being dismantled around her – is a skilful illustration of the ways in which miseen-scène and theme can work together without recourse to overt expressionism.

91 The Yellow Rolls-Royce proved to be Asquith’s final film. 93 Asquith was also scheduled to direct The Shoes of the Fisherman, based on the best-selling novel by Maurice West, and had actually begun the preparatory work on the Roman locations for the film before his premature death from cancer early in 1968. As indicated in this survey of his career, Asquith was involved in the British cinema for a long time, forty years or so, entering it towards the MUP_Ryall_01_Chap 1 21 7/26/05, 10:04 AM 22 anthony asquith end of the silent era as the industry struggled to establish itself in the face of Hollywood’s power.

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