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The Films of Terence Fisher$
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Wheeler Winston Dixon

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325345

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325345.001.0001

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(p.37) Chapter 2 Gainsborough
The Films of Terence Fisher

Wheeler Winston Dixon

Liverpool University Press

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.

Keywords:   Terence Fisher, Portrait from Life, Gainsborough, Louise Heck-Rabi, Sydney Box, The Seventh Veil, soap opera

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