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Studying the British Crime Film

Paul Elliott


Ever since its inception, British cinema has been obsessed with crime and the criminal. One of the first narrative films to be produced in Britain, the Hepworth's 1905 short Rescued by Rover, was a fast-paced, quick-edited tale of abduction and kidnap, and the first British sound film, Alfred Hitchcock's Blackmail (1930), centred on murder and criminal guilt. For a genre seemingly so important to the British cinematic character, there is little direct theoretical or historical work focused on it. The Britain of British cinema is often written about in terms of national history, ethnic diversit ... More

Keywords: British cinema, British sound film, British narrative film, crime film, British cinematic character

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781906733742
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906733742.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Elliott, author
University of Worcester