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[ecrea] New Publication: EMI Films and the Limits of British Cinema

Tue Nov 20 11:34:20 GMT 2018

I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book, EMI Films and the Limits of British Cinema <> (Palgrave Macmillan).

*About the Book*

/EMI Films and the Limits of British Cinema/is the first book to trace the development of one of the largest and most important companies in British cinema history, EMI Films. From 1969 to its eventual demise in 1986, EMI would produce many of the key works of seventies and eighties British cinema, ranging from popular family dramas like /The Railway Children/ (Lionel Jeffries, 1970) through to critically acclaimed arthouse successes like /Britannia Hospital/ (Lindsay Anderson, 1982). However, EMI’s role in these productions has been recorded only marginally, as footnotes in general histories of British cinema. This book explores the reasons for this critical neglect, arguing that EMI’s amorphous nature as a transnational film company has led to its omission from this history and makes it an ideal subject to explore the ‘limits’ of British cinema.


‘This very welcome book tells the story – for the first time - of how EMI produced many of the key works of seventies and eighties British cinema, becoming the largest British film production company in the process. By showing how EMI played a role in the creation and the definition of a British “national culture”, the book makes a very significant contribution not only to British cinema history but also to British cultural history in general.’ - Paul Newland, Bath Spa University

‘/EMI Films and the Limits of British Cinema/ fills a clear gap in the existing literature on British cinema and offers a compelling analysis of a really tricky period of British film and cultural history. The period is characterised by fragmentation and contradictory currents which are difficult to map; Paul Moody has admirably succeeded in making sense of a complex historical moment, while still conveying the somewhat chaotic nature of the events under examination.’ - Robert Shail, Leeds Beckett University, UK

*eBook:*ISBN 978-3-319-94803-4 | £47.99

*Hardcover:*ISBN 978-3-319-94802-7 | £59.99

*Available from Palgrave:*

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