Accidentally set herself on ire and died after ten hours of burnt pain Others died in alcoholic misery either all alone or in small nursing homes completely My Little Half-Moon forgotten byilmgoersThis was engrossing throughout but not always Hello, Good-bye for the right reasons which is why I deducted one starrom my rating There are errors Marion Davies was NOT Hearst s wife and the crude snarky comments exhibited against some A Succubus for Freedom and other tales of Obscene Orgies folks come across as plain meanRichard Attenborough was bornor sleaze and terrorDirk Bogarde was a sullen savage unpredictable entityJohn Mills was Britain s universal grandfatherJ Arthur Rank was acting on instructions rom GodOthers are derided or their height or age Not a good look no matter how dedicated the author is to his subject matter However there were always خلقیات ما ایرانیان fascinating tidbits to learn Having always wondered how the ODEON movie theatres were named I learned it was an acronymor Oscar Deutsch Entertains Our Nation And then there was the tale of the The Avril LaVigne Handbook - Everything You Need to Know about Avril LaVigne film crew that drank all the boozerom a local pub in Turville Since it happened during WWII and war restrictions prevented the landlord A Fatal Debt: A Novel from replenishing his supply he ended up committing suicide rather thanace the anger of the thirsty localsThanks to this book I have already started to watch some old British The White Ballets flicks so something good did pop outrom these pagesBook Season Spring downpours and bright spells I learned so much rom this deeply researched interesting primer on the heyday of British ilm with a chapter or two thrown in about its decline I often got lost given that I m almost completely illiterate on this specific subject matter and because I m used to a linear storytelling method which this isn t but I m sure I ll be dipping back into this when I want to remind myself of specific information Matthew Sweet writes in such an engaging often amusing style I ound myself jotting random uotes of his into my book journal just because they made me laugh He suggests that one of his interviews elt like he was in a hostage situation and he worried that perhaps his later affection The Portable Guidance Counselor: Answers to the 284 Most Important Questions About Getting Into College for his interviewee might be a symptom of Stockholm Syndrome than of the person becoming nicer or interesting So manyun tidbits to be Living with a Dead Language: My Romance with Latin found hereor instance did The slightly orced title aside this is a very different book rom Ken Anger s archly cynical romp through the sleazy bywaters of Hollywood lore this is a wonderful witty entertaining book It is in Bongology: n. The Art of Creating 35 of the World's Most Bongtastic Marijuana Ingestion Devices fact an impassioned defence of British cinema kicking back against the critical dismissal of the home produced product championed by bothoreign step Design the Life You Love: A Guide to Thinking About Your Life Playfully and with Optimism forward M Truffaut and domestic critics Rachel Low is a highlighted as a particular villain here as the author of the definitive history which is mainly critical and making the caseor a series of hidden gems Shortcut: How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovation, and Sell Our Greatest Ideas from the silent era onwards through to the exploitation era though even Sweet struggles to make a caseor the 80s It is also littered with great interviews and anecdotes with stars producers and directors the general tone is generally one of warm affection allied to geekish knowledge and sophisticated awareness of the literature and After You Drop Them Off: A Parent's Guide to Student Ministry filmography So suck it up Francois An excellent book if somewhat incomplete as a general reference text on British cinema no Will Hay Jack Hulbert etc Full of bracing anecdotes and sound stage intrigue Despite Sweet s attempts toind a social studies value in the glut of low rent 70 s sex comedies the later chapters make Share, Retweet, Repeat: Get Your Message Read and Spread for grim reading as the state uality and cachet of British cinema decline. Comedienne who at the age ofifty Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes five reinvented herself as a star of exploitation cinema andondly remembers 'the one where I drilled in people's heads and ate their brains' Welcome to the lost worlds of British cine.
As it ends in the early 1980 s Some movies are mentioned in passing but not discussed at all in particular those of the 1960 s A Taste of Honey and Kes or example I had heard of but were both brushed aside Cathy Come Home wasn t even mentioned Compared to the earlier decades I ound the author s appraisal of the 60 s and to a lesser extent the 70 s ar less documented which was disappointing Long ridiculed as being insignificant by the rest of the ilm making world Matthew Sweets investigates this history of British She Weeps Each Time You're Born film the majority of which veryew remain and the silent stars unlike some of their American counterparts are sadly completely orgottenShepperton Babylon unlike Hollywood Babylon Kenneth Anger is not ull of over blown and made up scandal of course there is scandal but it is dealt with in a matter of Seven Days, Seven Dinners fact and responsible waySweet talked to those who were still living that remembered those days or when they were no longer living their descendentIt is an interesting look at British cinemarom the early days to the early 80s sexplotation industry that took over A Northern Light from theilm making of the 50sToday British If You're Missing Baby Jesus: A True Story that Embraces the Spirit of Christmas film is stronger than it has ever been and it is a shame that many of theseilms are lost and the stars orgottenAlthough very interesting the book is very dense and sweet skips over perhaps one of the most amous British Actresses Diana Dors but Anne Perrys Christmas Crimes (Christmas Stories, focuses mainly on the male stars which is a shame and bemusing as she was the glamour movie star of 50s BritainInteresting read but the definitive book on British Cinema has yet to be written Of course the subject is inherantly interesting but what makes this a wonderful book is Matthew Sweet s writing I listen to him on BBC Radio 3 s Free Thinking when ever he presents and have noticed he s at his best when truffle hunting the obscureorests of British pop culture Listen to the great show on Hitchcock s Blackmail or the orays into the sualid ilm genre of British sit coms of the 70s transferred to the screen On the Buses Steptoe and Son etc Sweet s a master of the upbeatdownbeat riff They brought mayhem to the streets of Walton on Thames There s also something compassionate about his writing and though many of the characters in the early days of British cinema were White Water frankly venal he aways gives them their due as if they just couldn t help themselvesMyavourite story The Slave Dancer from many is the man who needed toilm a shipwreck and so spent two months Special Agent filling a tank in his backyard in Finchley with waterrom a tapeat that Spielburg Although the title of this book would infer that the main subject is Shepperton Studios one of Britain s Sleep with the Fishes film production sites it s really a general history of Britishilm with an emphasis on the silents and the mid century golden age The majority of silent movies produced by the British The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started theLongest War in American History film industry are goneorever with ew remembering the stars and directors who made them Since I knew next to nothing about these with the exception of the Hitchcock silents the reading was most interestingThe stories show excellent research and several in person interviews with some of the centenarians now gone And as with the notorious stories of the Hollywood Silent Era there were eual amounts of tragedy across the pond John Marlborough East was voted the Greatest British Film Player in 1916 yet just eight years later he was orgotten and died an agonizing gangrenous death after stepping on a rusty nail Anita Fay Tipping was a background dancer who was sitting in Donald Calthrop s dressing room when she. Mong many others the 20s A World on Fire film idols snorting cocainerom an illuminated glass dance Setting Them Straight: You CAN Do Something About Bigotry and Homophobia in Your Life floor on the bank of the Thames the model who escaped Soho's gangsters to become the ueen of the nudielicks and the genteel Scottish.
Read this book and discard orever the idea that the denizens of British cinema were in any way less colourful or bizarre than their Hollywood counterparts Sweet doles out gossip hard act and criticism in judicious proportions His writing is delightful whether he is describing movies as a window into the lives of the dead or sketching an unforgettable portrait of J Arthur Rank He was a tall bulky man whose crumpled 100 ways to Fight the Flab - and still have wine and chocolate face and pendulous nose gave him the appearance of a proboscis monkey emergingrom an old paper bag His interviews with The Oxford New Greek Dictionary film makersrom as The Cello Suites : J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the search for a Baroque masterpiece far back as the early 1920s preserve insights which would otherwise have been lostHowever since his subject is the LOST worlds of British cinema he intentionally scants the veryamiliar in The New Job Security favour of the obscureor example there is little here on the Ealing comedies and much on The Day Fidel Died: Cuba in the Age of Raúl, Obama, and the Rolling Stones (A Vintage Short) forgotten exploitation movies of the 1960s and 70s Nevertheless I can scarcely imagine a entertaining introduction to the history of Britishilm I d been meaning to read this book The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis for a while as I enjoy books about the history of popular culture There s lots of information in here so it took me a while to read and it manages to deal with sometimes shocking and sensational events without resorting to tabloid style attitudes It s a good solid look at the history of Britishilm and at the people who worked in the industry A definite must read The Jumbee for anyone interested inilm Don t let the clever title To Helvetica and Back fool you Yes it plays off Kenneth Anger s Hollywood Babylon but this is a serious history of British Cinema Call me strange but I love British Cinema I wouldn t recommend the book unless you already have an interest in Britiishilm but if you re as strange as I am this is a must read If you re looking Simple Art of Greatness for a serious history of British Film making then I wouldn t recommend this book but if you already have some knowledge and you re interested in the gossip then you would probably enjoy it This was a book club choice and therefore not something that I would have chosen myself however I did lookorward to reading it The problem Where the Heart Waits for me was that the author assumed the reader had than a basic knowledge already and I didn t There s lots of interesting information lots of people names anecdotes gossip and titilation Just because of the sheer volume of people mentioned you do need to concentrate to remember who was who Whilst I enjoyed the author s humour sometimes I didind his writing style a little heavy going with many very long sentences I got ed up having to reuently look up words so I stopped doing it which I wish I had done sooner as it was no longer such a slog once I was able to make unfettered progress The author was very A Burglar's Guide to the City forthright in his criticism opinions and praise He wasn t afraid to be honest or disagree with others His research was thorough and he did point out that he had watched all of the movies available I thought some of his personal comments about people were unnecessary and sometimes came across a little mean I m no Norman Wisdoman but his interview was just such an example On a positive he did interview many The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth forgotten starsrom the silent movie era who have since died so that their memories were recorded I American Apocalypse: The Great Fire and the Myth of Chicago found much of the book particularly the interviews a bit sad to be honest butascinating in that people haven t really changed The uest or ame and coping with the loss of it exploitation gossip drugs alcohol nepotism and media manipulation are still the same issues a hundred years later This book isn t a complete history. This is a wonderful secret history of British movies that includes the scandals the suicides the immolations and the contract killings the product of thousands of conversations with veteran ilm makers Here you'll meet