The film image of working people in the 1930s

Stead, Peter
March 1990
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Spring90, Vol. 55 Issue 1, p17
Academic Journal
The article examines the image of working people in Great Britain in the 1930s as seen in motion pictures. In general British artistic, literary, theatrical and film output just by-passed or minimalised the fact of class or took shelter behind inherited Dickensian or music-hall stereotypes. All too often British cinema has been castigated for its immaturity in depicting social themes but the problems of film should be examined within a wider culture in which class found it difficult to speak unto class. Meanwhile the workers themselves seemed to prefer the American idiom both in music and film.


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