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Film, Mobility and Urban SpaceA Cinematic Geography of Liverpool$
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Les Roberts

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846317576

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317248

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City Limits: Crossing Boundaries of Place and Identity

City Limits: Crossing Boundaries of Place and Identity

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Film, Mobility and Urban Space
Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores the shifting cinematic geographies of transit and connection in Liverpool and Merseyside using a selection of amateur transport films. It explains that these films are often nostalgic and elegiac in tone and provide valuable insights into certain socio-spatial contradictions which were emerging during the 1950s and 1960s, particularly with the expansion of motorway space. The chapter also analyzes the ways in which these representational spaces were shaped by an urban geography in which an architectural ‘will to connection’ has remained an instrumental factor in the growth and development of the modern city.

Keywords:   transport films, Liverpool, Merseyside, cinematic geographies, transit, socio-spatial contradictions, motorway space, urban geography, representational spaces, modern city

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