Introduction

I think the only reason to make films that are a reflection on history is to talk about the present. IT is a truth universally acknowledged - amongst historians at least -that a historical feature film will often have as much to say about the present in which it was made as about the past in which it was set. The idea that films 'reflect' the societies and cultures in which they are produced and consumed is far from being a revelation it has informed theoretical discourses around film ever...

Abbreviations

ABPC Associated British Picture Corporation ATP Associated Talking Pictures BBC British Broadcasting Corporation BBFC British Board of Film Censors B amp D British amp Dominions Film Corporation BFPA British Film Producers Association BIP British International Pictures CEA Cinematograph Exhibitors Association GBPC Gaumont-British Picture Corporation GCFC General Cinema Finance Corporation NFFC National Film Finance Corporation PEP Political and Economic Planning PFE PolyGram Filmed...