This chapter mentions Portrait from Life from 1948, a low-budget production that was made for Gainsborough and represented another step up for the young Terence Fisher. It talks about how Gainsborough referred to Portrait From Life in their publicity materials as Fisher's first full-length feature that hit the 90-minute mark. It also discusses Louise Heck-Rabi's excellent Women Filmmakers: The Critical Reception, which provides an invaluable overview of the Gainsborough production process. The chapter recounts how Sydney Box joined Gainsborough in August 1945 as head of production after its independent success as the producers of the 1945 smash hit The Seventh Veil. It discusses how Gainsborough became associated with productions in two distinct film genres: starry-eyed soap opera romances and topical films that exploited recent events in the news.
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